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.
After seven years of advocating about the importance of early diagnosis of any type of dementia (Alzheimer's is one type), I would have to say that denial is still the biggest factor in preventing early diagnosis and treatment. Even my own friends, who have endured my harping for years about getting their parent(s) evaluated at the first…