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7 Ways to Cope with a Parent’s Diagnosis of Dementia

It’s never easy to watch our parents get older and lose the capabilities to do certain tasks independently. It’s even harder for those whose parents have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Not only does this diagnosis guarantee a parent’s eventual loss of skills and independence, but it could also mean a loss of personality traits and characteristics of the person who raised them.

How to Talk to Children About Dementia

Talking to Children about Dementia

When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, life changes not just for the person, but for the whole family as well. While adults have the capability to learn more about the disease and cope with its realities, young children may need help to comprehend the changes that may occur for their loved one and even for themselves. If you have children or grandchildren affected by the challenges of memory loss, you can become a great source of education and support.

A Caregiver’s Guide to Effective Communication: Talking to Your Loved One with Dementia

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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