On Diagnosis

Everyone experiences dementia in his or her own, individual way. You may find that some of the information given here is not relevant to your needs. The person you are caring for may never become incontinent, for example, or may not lose his or her appetite.

The information provided can be of use to people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and to the people caring for them.

You may also find that the dementia does not progress along the lines of the early, middle and late stages outlined. No two cases of dementia are ever the same. The best way to use this information is to ‘pick and mix’ – choose the sections that are relevant now and come back to the website in future, when you may need more advice.

Another organisation that can assist is DASN (Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International). This is a worldwide organisation by and for those diagnosed with dementia, people working together to improve the quality of their lives: www.dasninternational.org

If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there are some things you should start to consider.