It is common to degenerate physically and mentally as we age. But sometimes the mind deteriorates faster and it can be hard on all involved.
With mild to severe loss of mental function that can result in impaired cognition, it can leave one frustrated and scared. It can also be tough to detect dementia in family members and when you do, many family and friends have the fear of saying or doing the wrong things. But it is important to be patient and show support.
Often times family members and close friends become caretakers. There are plenty of resources and information available to help along the journey. It is important for caretakers to still make the time to take care of themselves, while also keeping spirits up like looking at the good days as blessings and cherishing the times spent together. Positivity will make it a little easier on all impacted.
Those with dementia will feel hopeless at times. In addition to positivity, being proactive is crucial. This will keep the patient’s sense of humor up and help them live in the moment, preventing them from worrying about what the future holds.
Other things for patients with dementia to keep in mind to remain positive during this tough time:
- Know that you are still you! Being diagnosed with dementia doesn’t define you.
- You are not alone! Don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed! And don’t feel like you are crazy! Understanding the diagnosis will help with those feelings.
- Don’t try to predict the future! Live in the moment and don’t stress about what tomorrow will bring.
Remember, even if you have been diagnosed with dementia, you can still enjoy life. Just remember to embrace the support and help you are receiving!