What to Do After a Dementia Diagnosis

Woman with dementia speaking with a nurse

If you or a loved one has received a dementia diagnosis or related memory loss illness, it can seem impossible or scary to think about the long term. You may be tempted to take it day by day, but it’s best to prepare for dementia care before the symptoms get worse.

Before you get ahead of yourself with planning all the details, take a moment to understand what the diagnosis will look like and the emotions you may feel throughout the process. It’s normal to experience waves of anger, depression, fear, or even denial and resentment. And while this all may be overwhelming, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. We recommend talking openly to your friends and family about the diagnosis, finding a support group, and surrounding yourself with a good support system. Please keep in mind as you navigate this new diagnosis, it’s imperative that you lean on medical professionals for the next steps regarding your loved one’s care.

What to Expect

After receiving a diagnosis, it’s vital to understand how dementia can affect an individual throughout each stage of the condition. Since dementia is an umbrella term for memory loss and related illnesses like Alzheimer’s, progression could look different depending on the situation.

During the early stages, a person can experience a myriad of symptoms like forgetfulness, difficulty learning, trouble concentrating, mood shifts, coordination problems, and general confusion. Medications and cognitive therapy can help maintain the progression of the disease, but the symptoms will likely become more significant over time. Once an individual has reached the moderate phase of the condition and has trouble doing routine activities, a caretaker’s involvement will increase substantially.

Memory Care

Caring for a loved one with a memory loss diagnosis is no easy feat. At a certain point, it may be best for you and your family to consider professional memory care. Caretaking for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s will eventually become a round-the-clock job, and as the condition progresses, 24-hour memory care will become necessary.

Eddy Memory Care at Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center in Cohoes, Eddy Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush, and Memory Care at The Glen at Hiland Meadows in Queensbury (slated to open in Fall of 2022) use nationally recognized models for care intended to preserve self-esteem and self-confidence in a home-like environment. Activities are specially designed around each individual so they can continue lifelong traditions while receiving care.

Our specialized services include:

● Enriching activities including art classes, music, exercise, small group outings, and more
● Assistance with daily living activities
● Medication management by a 24-hour licensed nursing staff
● Secured residence with interior courtyards and outdoor garden pathways
● Continuum of care throughout the St. Peter’s Health Partners Network
● And so much more!

To learn more about our memory care communities near Albany NY, contact us or call (518) 280-8385 to speak directly with a senior living specialist and schedule a tour.