Family Dynamics

Family Dynamics and Alzheimer’s: Adjusting to a New Normal

Family Dynamics and Alzheimer’s: Adjusting to a New Normal

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the shock of the diagnosis can be overwhelming for the family, and reactions to this news can vary among each family member. As a loved one’s Alzheimer’s progresses, the challenges that come from caregiving and the difficult nature of the disease can cause even more struggles within the family. Alzheimer’s disease can make major shifts in family dynamics, which can be painful if families don’t prepare for them.

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Why Alzheimer’s Disease Is a Family Affair

Experts in memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia tell us that the progressive condition not only affects the loved one living with the disorder but also the entire family unit. The impact on families can be so extensive that primary caregivers are sometimes called “the second victims of Alzheimer’s” and families are referred to as “the invisible patients.”

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