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After the Diagnosis-Now What?

May 28, 2015

By Editor
“The most important decision since diagnosis was joining the Alzheimer Society. The information and support have been amazing”- Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex client.

Learning of a dementia diagnosis can be frightening and life altering. Caring for someone with dementia is physically and mentally exhausting. In either situation the fear, anger, frustration and isolation are just a few of the wide range of emotions you can experience. However the struggles you face are the same struggles others in similar circumstances deal with too. Reaching out for help at any point in the disease process is vital, albeit the earlier the better. In fact, people with dementia in their lives (as a person diagnosed or as a caregiver) who have less social support have been found more likely to experience stress and depression. To provide that necessary support, the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex (ASLM) offer numerous opportunities to help the physical and mental wellbeing of those who are in the dementia journey.

The Alzheimer Society’s counselling program is comprised of either individual or family sessions with one of our registered social work staff and drop-in support groups within the city and county. This important sessions provide an opportunity for sharing of experiences and concerns, having questions answered, learning of community resources and in general, creating less isolation and more control over your experience.

The drop-in groups are also facilitated by our registered social workers. Many times we hear in the groups that just being able to talk about their situation with other people who are going through the same experience helps provide both emotional and practical support. It relieves feelings of loneliness and helps reassure that the feelings and challenges faced are normal and expected. Similarly, these groups can simply be a place to let off steam and be honest about the difficulties that may be experienced on a day-to-day basis.

“The group gave us a clear picture from other participants on how to cope with an individual with dementia. Support was given and we found that what we were doing was correct”- ASLM client

“The Alzheimer Society provided vital educational material at the beginning of my wife’s dementia and then provided dedication & support for the late stages. They have made the struggle a whole lot easier than it could have been” – ASLM client

Located all across Canada, the Alzheimer Society is here to help provide support for you along the entire continuum of the disease. To learn more about the available support services from ASLM, visit www.alzheimerlondon.ca.