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Continuing Friendships After a Dementia Diagnosis

Dec 28,2022

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” – Walter Winchell

Because of the stigma and uncertainty that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia brings, friendships and close relationships are often fractured.

It is a disease that is feared and misunderstood by far too many. It has been referenced as “not your casserole kind of disease”, meaning no one is rushing over to bring you dinner and support, but support and friendship are vitally important for the health of all who are dealing with a dementia.

Dementia is very “individualized”, It takes different paths and has different timelines for everyone. Learning about the disease and spending regular time with your friend will give you the knowledge, comfort level and experience needed to adjust your friendship as time goes on.

Friends share history together and typically, people with dementia are more likely to remember long-term memories, so recalling and reminiscing about your life experiences together is an enjoyable way to continue your connection.

For more tips and guidance on developing and continuing a strong friendship bond through the ups and downs of the Dementia journey, visit: elderwelladultday.com
or reach out to me directly at: Kara@elderwelladultday.com

(Maintaining Friendships Despite a Dementia Diagnosis — AARP)

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