It is never easy to cope with a
life-changing diagnosis such as Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to coming to terms with
your own emotions, there is the added burden of sharing this information
with your loved ones. Shock, denial, anger, and sadness are all emotions
that your loved ones may experience. It is perfectly natural for your
loved ones to experience emotional upheaval, just as you have. Remind
your loved ones that you are all in this journey together and that when
the time is right, Alzheimer’s care is available.
Sharing the Diagnosis
Every individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will have a unique experience.
Some people inform their loved ones right away, while others dread having
this discussion and prefer to delay it. There is no “right”
response; it is best to follow your instincts. If you feel that the time
is right to share the diagnosis with your loved ones, consider which individuals
you will share this information with and whether you prefer to speak with
each person individually or your whole family as a group.
Your doctor can direct you to credible resources so that you can become
informed about Alzheimer’s disease. You may wish to learn more about
your diagnosis before discussing it with your loved ones or you might
prefer to explore the issue together. Your loved ones may wish to meet
with your doctor to ask any questions they might have. It can also be
helpful for your family to seek mental health counseling, either individually
or as a group.
Although you may be able to live independently for quite some time, it
is wise to begin exploring your options for long-term memory care while
you are still able to do so yourself. Identify memory care locations in
your area and schedule a tour of the homes. Carefully weigh your options
before making a decision and consider whether you can imagine yourself
living in the home. Put your choices into writing and inform your loved
ones about these decisions.
When you are ready to search for a memory care location in the Dallas,
Arlington, and Houston areas, you can turn to Avalon Memory Care. Coming
home to Avalon is a comforting experience unlike any you would find in
an institutional setting. Call our office today at (214) 752-7050 to ask
us about our