Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be scary, and you may feel like you have more questions than answers. Arapahoe Libraries can help connect you with resources to navigate this difficult time.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Doctors recommend having a plan in place for your appointments so you can make the most of your time there. Dementia is an umbrella term for many diseases, so it is important to spend some time thinking about your specific concerns and formulating questions. Here are some ideas for what you might want to ask your doctor:
- What type of dementia do I have?
- Are there any medications that might help, and what are possible side effects?
- What other treatments do you recommend?
- Am I eligible for any clinical trials?
- What resources are there to learn more about my diagnosis?
- What help is available to guide me through my illness?
- What plans should I start making for my medical care?
You can access worksheets from the National Institute on Aging, opens a new window that will help you communicate with your doctor. A related resource is the free AgeWell Planner, opens a new window from the National Council on Aging, which is a nonprofit that helps older adults get quality healthcare and access to medical information.
This article on Coping with an Alzheimer’s or Dementia Diagnosis, opens a new window has practical tips for what to do after receiving a diagnosis of dementia, from beefing up your support system to finding activities that give you joy right now.
The Alzheimer's Association has a page devoted to information you may need right after getting your diagnosis, opens a new window which lists some strategies for processing your emotions in a healthy way.
If you are seeking counseling but need information to start the process, this article on Counseling for Individuals with Early Stage Dementia can help you think about what you're looking for.
Arapahoe Libraries has an event called Neighborhood Memory Cafe specifically designed for people living with dementia. Bring your care partner and enjoy a wide range of activities together while you socialize with other members of the community. You can register ahead of time, or just drop in. We're always happy to see new faces!
If you need immediate support, please reach out to the Alzheimer's Association helpline at 1-800-272-3900.