Dementia Pathways. For Primary Care in ireland

Impact of Diagnosis

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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.