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I have dementia

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can be a difficult and overwhelming experience for you, leading to feelings such as fear, sadness, anger, embarrassment and disbelief. At the same time, you might feel relieved when you receive the diagnosis because it explains your symptoms.

While each person will experience dementia in his or her own way, it is important to remember that it is the disease causing your changes. They are not happening because of anything that you have or have not done.

You may also feel nervous about the future. It is normal for you and your family to have many mixed emotions.  Many people are concerned about how the changes will affect them, how they will plan for the future and get the help and information they need.

The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay is here to provide information and support as you plan for yourself and your family.

 

Helpful links:

  • 10 Warning Signs
  • Getting a Diagnosis
  • First Steps
  • Heads Up for Healthier Living
  • All about me
  • Shared Experiences
  • By Us For Us

    • Learn all you can about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by exploring our website. Read more...
    • Contact us to find out about services and learning opportunities in your community. Learn more...
    • Educate yourself on what to expect in the early stages of this disease and how to manage your changing abilities. Enroll in an education session offered in your community geared for persons in the early stages of dementia.
    • Remember, you are not alone! Seek support from others who are experiencing similar symptoms. Join a support group for those in the early stages of the disease to get tips and strategies on how to maintain your quality of life. Read more...
    • Take time now, while you are able, to make decisions with your family about financial and legal issues to help avoid crises and manage future situations. Read more...
    • If you have been diagnosed with dementia and you are still working, you may be concerned about telling your employer you have the disease. Read more...

    Last Updated: 10/07/15
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