Patients Alzheimer's disease
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's
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Hello everyone, I've just joined this site, I hope it'll be some help to me because I could really use some. My mum has just been diagnosed and I'm reeling a bit. I guess I'm wondering if someone could give me some advice on how to cope with all of this? I'll be taking care of her because I'm the closest of my brother and sisters and I don't work so I can take it all on. Or at least I hope I can. What should my first steps be? My mum is doing alright for now but we don't know yet how quickly it's progressing and I don't know how much longer she'll be able to take care of herself. I dont know, I'm just so overwhelmed at this point any advice would be much appreciated.
@FightAZ Hello FightAZ, thank you for starting this discussion. I'm sorry to hear about your mum. Getting a new diagnosis is hard, but when it affects someone you love it almost can feel worse, can't it? Let me tag some members in our Alzheimer's community who can share some advice with you.
Hello all, how are you doing today? Do you remember the moment when you found out your loved one had Alzheimer's? How did you handle it? And how do you cope today as a loved one or carer? Do you have any advice or words of comfort for FightAZ? Feel free to share here, we're all here to help on another!
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity UK
@FightAZ Hi, I understand how you must be feeling as I was in your shoes a few years ago. My mum was diagnosed just over two years ago and according to her doctors she's progressed into the middle stage of the disease. It can all be very overwhelming. Is your mum accepting of her diagnosis? Mine was in complete denial and I think still is today except for a few brief moments when I think she realises something is off.
I'd first talk with her first and see what she wants to do or is open to doing. Now is the time to talk with her and make plans for the future in terms of care, legal and financial things, etc whilst she is still in a place to make these plans and decisions. Now she may be able to stay pretty much independent, but depending on how quickly her Alzheimer's progresses you may need to plan ahead so that she can take part in her future care and have a say in it.
I hope this helps you a bit, stay strong, you can do this!
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