How to Break the News When It’s Alzheimer’s

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How to Break the News When It’s Alzheimer’s.

It’s so unfortunate that Alzheimer’s, and other dementia, have become the new condition to avoid and/or not acknowledge.  A dementia diagnosis is SO difficult for everyone – including the one with the disease.  I think this article is very well done and provides a perspective of which many need to be aware.  Dismissing, or using euphemisms for this disease e.g., my wife has some memory problems – won’t make it go away.  Helping others to understand – not necessarily accept – this diagnosis is a very worthwhile endeavor.

One thought on “How to Break the News When It’s Alzheimer’s

    Kathy said:
    May 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I agree. Loved ones and close friends should know what’s happening to be able to provide support. My family was great at hiding the truth when it came to illnesses. I never knew my dad had heart problems until I received a call telling me that I needed to come home from college that weekend because he was having triple bypass surgery. It was different when my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I found out the day after she received the diagnosis, although no one had told me that she hadn’t been feeling well for months. The outpouring of support and love she received from family and friends was amazing and touching. After her death, it was a comfort for me to know that my dad had friends who could help him through this difficult time and were always there for him. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease and even though she eventually didn’t recognize her husband or children anymore, they visited and I know it brightened her day.


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