Tips For Minimizing The Stigma Associated With An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
One of the most challenging things seniors and their families face as they get older is the possibility of receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are more than 5 million people currently living with the disease, and one third of all seniors die with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Unfortunately, the numbers are predicted to rise up to 14 million people with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis by the year 2050, which is why it is more important than ever to raise awareness about the disease and reduce the stigma often associated with the diagnosis. Here are a few things you can do to help reduce the stigma associated with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis:
Don’t Be Ashamed: Think Of The Person, Not The Diagnosis
We understand that many people are embarrassed when they receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Accepting the diagnosis and coping with the fact that your memory is not going to be as strong as it once was is a very difficult thing to do. Many people feel they need to hide the diagnosis for as long as possible. However, acknowledging the diagnosis and owning it gives you the power to ensure you get the care and support you need to live the best quality of life possible moving forward.
Caregivers should pay close attention to the emotions the Alzheimer’s patient is experiencing after the diagnosis. It is important not to be ashamed. Caregivers can help the patient realize there is no reason to be ashamed by remembering to think about their loved one as the person they love and not to think of them as their loved one with Alzheimer’s. It is important to remember that while the person may be changing they are not simply fading away, they still have the same desires and need for emotional connection as everyone else.
Be Informed About The Diagnosis
We all know the old adage “knowledge is power” – and this statement couldn’t be any truer than when it comes to understanding an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and minimizing the stigma associated with the diagnosis. Having a proper understanding of the facts of the disease enables caregivers to act as advocates on behalf of their loved ones. It is important to recognize that the Alzheimer’s patient may still want to be responsible for their own care and make their own decisions. The Memory Care center at Mease Manor focuses on providing our residents as much independence as possible while offering the care and support they need. Our staff also helps family and other caregivers understand the various conditions, stages, and symptoms of the disease.
Mease Manor Offers The Best Quality Memory Care Living For Seniors In Dunedin, Florida
At Mease Manor Retirement Community we are committed to helping every one of our residents access the care and treatment they need to maintain the best quality of life possible. Our state of the art Memory Care center was designed specifically to meet the needs of our residents living with an Alzheimer’s or Dementia diagnosis. Contact us online or call us at 727-738-3000 to schedule your personal tour today!