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Telling Your Family You Have Alzheimer’s

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

Today, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis has a better prognosis than ever before, yet you may still find yourself experiencing some anxiety regarding how to best break the news to your family. Although no one wants to be the bearer of bad news, it is important for you to have the support of your loved ones throughout the progression of the disease. As you plan your talk, here are some tips from Home Care Assistance of Milwaukee that will help encourage effective communication.

Consider Possible Reactions

You know your family best, and you can probably say right now how each person might react. If you are worried about someone becoming overly emotional, then it might be best to tell that person while they have someone else there to provide support such as a spouse. Alternatively, some people may handle bad news better while they are alone. If this is the case, then arrange to speak to them individually.

Start Slow

Hearing that a loved one has Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming enough, and your loved ones may need some time to accept the diagnosis before they are inundated with too much information. Be prepared to only share as much as your loved ones need to know, and remember that it may take multiple conversations before everyone fully understands.

Provide Information

When a loved one has a new health diagnosis, it is natural for the family to have many questions. Your loved one’s may also have varying amounts of knowledge regarding what an Alzheimer’s diagnosis means today. Bring educational brochures and handouts to your family meeting so that you can correct misinformation while offering effective strategies for your family to help.

Plan for Assistance

As your family learns more about Alzheimer’s disease, they may want to know how they can assist you both now and in the future. If you are in the early stages of the disease, then let them know how they can support you emotionally and plan for long-term Alzheimer’s care in Milwaukee. By keeping communication open, your family can work together to ensure that everyone can transition to this new stage of life in a way that benefits each person’s wellbeing.

For additional help and support after a diagnosis, reach out to Home Care Assistance. As a trusted provider of Alzheimer’s and dementia care Milwaukee families trust, we ensure seniors and their families are supported through every stage of the disease. To learn more about our comprehensive part-time and live-in care, give us a call at (414) 964-8000 and schedule a free in-home consultation.

How to Tell Your Kids You've Been Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s