Coping with dementia is not easy.
You have dementia.
No one wants to hear these words, even if the diagnosis is "early" stage.
According to a recent The Washington Post article titled “Learning To Live Well With Dementia,” they do not have to be hopeless.
This is a harsh reality.
Still, things can be done to make life better for those with dementia and their caregivers.
What can be done?
First, you should get all the information you can.
Resources can be found through the Lewy, Body Dementia Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, and www.alzheimers.gov.
You should also seek professional help.
This can involve a team of financial planners, elder law attorneys, estate planning attorneys, and caregiving support services.
Make adjustments to living situations.
About 70 percent of individuals with dementia live at home.
Get help from an occupational therapist who specializes in patients with dementia.
Ask your therapist to assess the home and recommend any necessary renovations.
Be sure to ask what to expect as dementia worsens so you and your family are not taken by surprise.
It is natural to experience anxiety and depression when diagnosed with dementia.
Even so, you should fight against it.
Remain engaged with loved ones and meaningful activities.
As you or your loved one reaches the final stages of dementia, make sensory stimulation a priority.
Flowers and music are great options.
Remember, if you have a loved ones with dementia, be sure to support them and let them feel how much they are loved.
Reference: The Washington Post (August 9, 2018) “Learning To Live Well With Dementia”