1. Educate yourself
There are many free resources such as the Alzheimer’s Association to learn about memory loss
and books available at the library so you can anticipate upcoming challenges.
2. Open Communication
Encourage open and honest communication within the family. Share thoughts and feelings
about the diagnosis and be willing to listen to each other. This can help build a support
system and reduce feelings of isolation.
3. Legal and Financial Planning
Address legal and financial matters early on. This may involve creating or updating a will,
establishing power of attorney, and exploring financial arrangements for long-term care.
4. Support Groups
Join a support group for families dealing with dementia. Connecting with others who are going
through similar experiences can provide emotional support and practical advice.
5. Take Care of Caregivers
Caregivers play a crucial role in supporting individuals with dementia. Make sure that caregivers
receive adequate support and respite. Consider external assistance, such as professional
caregiving services, if needed. Supporting someone with dementia can be emotionally and
physically draining. Make sure that family members take care of their own well-being by getting
enough rest, seeking support, and practicing self-care.
6. Be Patient and Flexible
Understand that dementia is a progressive condition, and the needs of the individual may
change over time. Be patient, flexible, and ready to adapt your approach to caregiving