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Dementia

END-OF-LIFE CARE RESOURCES

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it can be overwhelming and frightening for the entire family. However, there are some important first steps that can help the family cope with this life-changing diagnosis. When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it is important for the family to educate themselves, establish a support system, plan for the future, and prioritize self-care. By taking these first steps, the family can provide the best possible care and support for their loved one with dementia.

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Planning

It is also crucial to plan for the future. This may involve making financial and legal arrangements, such as creating a power of attorney or establishing a living will. It is also important to consider the possibility of long-term care, such as assisted living or nursing home care, and to explore options for in-home care.

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Education

First and foremost, it is essential to learn as much as possible about the disease and its progression. This can include researching online, talking to healthcare professionals, attending support groups, and reading books written by experts in the field. Understanding the symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia can help family members provide the best care and support possible.

Support

Next, it is important to establish a strong support system. This can include family members, friends, healthcare professionals, and community resources. It is important for family members to communicate openly with each other and to delegate responsibilities to ensure that their loved one’s needs are met.

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