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WHEN ONE PARTNER OF A COUPLE HAS DEMENTIA


Assert Who You Are:

  • Allowing dementia to overtake your life will not help you to cope wirth it.
  • Make sure there is someone to talk with.
  • Attend a dementia support group.
  • Keep in mind what is important for yourself.
  • Know what you do have control over.
  • Find the things that bring you joy or a sense of happiness and stick with them.
  • Keep a sense of humor.

Break Free From Blame

 

  • Any blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the situation/disease and not on either partner
  • Dementia sucks
  • Roles change and people are often adverse to change
  • The partners are the most positive insturment(s) of change

 

Crystallize A Daily and Long Range Plan

  • Make time for activities which each partner can enjoy.
  • Make time for each other.
  • Find settings where the disease will less likely interfere.
  • Enjoy seeing new things
  • Plan for the future.
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