What Are the Next Steps After a Diagnosis of Dementia?

What Are the Next Steps After a Diagnosis of Dementia?

If a parent, spouse or other family member was recently diagnosed with dementia, you and your family are probably grappling with a lot of intense feelings. The emotional impact of a dementia diagnosis, paired with the vast amount of information out there might leave you feeling overwhelmed, confused and wondering “What’s the next step?”

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Keeping a Routine as a Caregiver of Someone with Dementia

Keeping a Routine as a Caregiver of Someone with Dementia

One of the simplest yet most important things to remember in dementia caregiving is that routine is critical. When their day is unstructured, it can feel unpredictable and therefore unsafe for someone with dementia. Routine can provide this needed structure, for both the individual with dementia and the caregiver.

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Does Dementia Cause Apathy?

Does Dementia Cause Apathy?

Individuals living with dementia often experience apathy. When someone’s become apathetic, they no longer show interest, enthusiasm or concern about their life. They may not notice or show any reaction to what’s going on around them. This is caused by damage to the frontal lobes of the brain – the area that controls motivation and the ability to plan or sequence actions.

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How to Help Someone With Dementia Live Well

How to Help Someone With Dementia Live Well

While there’s no cure for dementia, there are things you can do to make your loved one as happy and comfortable as possible. Despite their diagnosis, they still have time left, maybe many years, so you should do everything you can to help them live well.

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