The news of your diagnosis may or may not be a surprise. As both of you come to terms with this huge change in your life together, your spouse or partner may feel a sense of loss or loneliness as a result of the diagnosis.
What you can do to help your spouse/partner:
- Continue participating in as many activities as you can with your partner.
Adapt activities as needed to make them comfortable and enjoyable.
- Find new activities that you can do together.
Also continue doing things you have always enjoyed as a couple.
- Talk with your spouse or partner about what kind of help you would like from him or her now.
Also discuss what you can still do on your own.
- Work with your spouse or partner to put information you may need later regarding caregiver services and costs.
Organize documents you may need into a file. When considering future services, include housekeeping and respite (caregiver relief) care.
- Discuss any role changes in the relationship with a professional counselor or clergy member.
Include changes in your sexual feelings or ways of connecting.
- Share our Caregiver Center website.
This is an online resource where your spouse or partner can learn more about caregiving issues and get tips.
- Attend early-stage and/or caregiver support groups through your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter.
Sometimes befriending another couple in the same situation offers new possibilities for support.
> Find my local chapter
- Connect with others.
You and your spouse/partner can connect with others on our online message boards, ALZConnected. Also, stay connected with family and friends.
This content comes from our National website at alz.org – there is a WEALTH of information available there for individuals living with Alzheimer’s. To find out more about how to help your friends and family adjust to your diagnosis – CLICK HERE or paste the following in your browser bar at the top of your screen: http://www.alz.org/i-have-alz/helping-friends-and-family.asp