Facing and accepting the diagnosis of dementia can be a lengthy process for both the individual and their family.
The person diagnosed with dementia should be encouraged to:
- allow themselves to experience their feelings which can vary from fear, bitterness, anger and despair
- allow themselves to grieve
- consider meeting others with dementia (see our service directory for local patient support groups)
- see our patient information leaflets for coping strategies post diagnosis
Consider the impact of the diagnosis on the family and future potential carers.