Going to see your doctor about signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's can be frightening, and may cause resistance and denial in you or your loved one. Once the diagnosis has been made, it's OK to go through feelings of grief and sadness. It takes time to accept the truth. Once you are ready, begin to seek out as much information you can about treatment, caregiving and the disease itself.
A friend recently faced the task of letting her mother, who has mid-level dementia, know that the mother's elderly brother had died. This death was not unexpected, but when a person has dementia and short-term memory loss is a problem, the news would likely be unexpected by the mother. My friend can be forgiven for dragging her feet. Her…