His message couldn’t be clearer, and it’s a necessary wake-up call for the many of us who fail to view an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis as anything more than a death sentence.
Of course life changes after such a heart-breaking diagnosis, but with encouragement and support from friends and family, plenty of opportunities for social engagement, a healthy diet, exercise, and the continued pursuit of enjoyable activities and hobbies (even if they must be amended), a person with dementia can and should have a full life indeed.
Whether the individual resides at home alone or with a caregiver, in assisted living, or in a nursing home, life goes on — and so will the memory loss and decline. Given this reality, that person needs consistency, routine and the comforting presence of familiar people even when names escape him. The worst thing to do is abandon your loved one in this time of need.
Listen to Dunlop’s message here:
- Dealing with a dementia diagnosis? Turn to our Alzheimer’s Resource Guide.
- Time to consider Alzheimer’s care? Start the search here.