When we are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, we may be afraid to share our diagnosis with family or friends. However, talking to your loved ones in an honest and prepared manner can make your diagnosis easier for them to understand, and will create a stronger support network for you on this journey.
Choose the Right Time
Finding out that your parent, partner, or other family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be a stressful experience, so picking the proper time to deliver the news is very important.
Choose a time with your loved one when the two of you will be alone, like having a coffee or tea date at home by yourselves.
This will allow you to be open and honest with each other and not have to worry about others interrupting your conversation.
Have Your Facts and Options Ready
There’s something about a plan of action that always calms people down about a troubling situation, and discussions on your brain health are no different.
Researching your diagnosis beforehand and understanding the available treatment options is the best way to calm your friends and family down when giving them the news.
By showing your loved ones your plans for Alzheimer’s or dementia care, you will be inspiring them with your bravery and help them come to terms more quickly. Presenting your plan of action will also show them how best to support you.
Be Prepared for Different Reactions
Your friends and family will support you all through your health journey, but the initial news can be hard to accept. This may elicit many different reactions, including sympathy, sadness, and even anger.
The most important thing to remember is to not feel guilty for the reactions of your family members. This diagnosis is not your fault and you are not the cause of your family members’ reactions. Any sadness or grief is only because they love you and want to help you have the best life possible.
Announcing your Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis to your friends and family can be a difficult task, but the love and support they can provide will help you through your health care journey. Give our health experts a call today at 1300-792-691 or visit us online to arrange your free, no-obligation needs-assessment.