I’ve worked with many families that have a loved one with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Often I see a struggle to accept the diagnosis.
This happens in a variety of ways:
- Mental block
- Inability to accept changes
- Lack of knowledge about the disease
- Belief loved one will be healed
Often you hear the saying that when you have a loved one with dementia you “mourn the loss of them now, to mourn the loss of them all over again when they’re gone.”
That is so true. The person we know and love is no more as dementia changes the person.
Acceptance of the disease is a private journey that everyone has to reach in their own way and time.
- However, a few tips to help are:
- Educated self on the disease
- Celebrate the time you have with your loved one
- Listen to the professionals and be open to what they are saying
- Understand you can slow the disease but not stop it
- Pray and ask God’s help and guidance on this journey
How have you dealt with the Alzheimer’s diagnosis of a loved one?