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How to Cope With an Early Diagnosis of Dementia

6th April

6th April

Has your loved one received an early diagnosis of dementia? You may be feeling worried and anxious; these are normal feelings to have, and are part of the process of accepting and understanding your loved one’s diagnosis.

Here, we’re sharing ways in which you can cope with an early diagnosis of dementia:

An Early Diagnosis of Dementia: Professional Intervention

Early signs of dementia can include forgetfulness and difficulties finding the right words. Your loved one may also struggle with usual patterns of thought. They may experience changes in personality, such as irrational, agitated or uneasy behaviour. You may also find that they lack the ability to carry out basic tasks and functions in their day-to-day life.

When you first spot these signs, it may feel quite daunting. It’s important to seek an official diagnosis and get professional help as soon as possible. Your loved one’s GP will arrange some tests to get the early diagnosis of dementia, and will then help you with the next steps and what this means.

The GP can talk you through the different options available, such as home care, dementia care homes and other forms of support. These services will help to relieve the pressure and ensure that your loved one is safe, happy and cared for.

Learning About Dementia

When you’re faced with an unexpected early diagnosis of dementia, you may be feeling unsure of exactly what that means. Often, people understand that dementia leads to memory loss, but there is much more to it. It’s important that you take the time to learn about dementia. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and progression of dementia can help you come to terms with the diagnosis.

Knowledge is key when it comes to coping, as you’ll need to prepare for changes and developments in your loved one’s personality and behaviour.

It can also be helpful to learn how to interact with someone who’s living with dementia. This can be learning new ways to interact or discovering new activities that can help to improve their cognitive functioning.

An Early Diagnosis of Dementia: The Adjustment Period

It can often feel frustrating when your communication barriers start to break down with your loved one. Try to remain calm and composed as you navigate your way through finding new ways to interact.

This is new territory for you both, so there will be plenty of adjusting to do as you come to terms with the diagnosis.

During this time, try to remember that your loved one could be feeling confused and anxious. They'll need plenty of love and support to help them feel safe. It might be a good idea to ask for help from other family members to reduce the pressure and make things easier for you.

Here at Wellbeing Care, we specialise in dementia care. We’d be happy to talk to you about our available care services to help you find the right help for your loved one. Please contact a member of our team for more information.

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