Helping a Spouse/Partner Adjust to Your Diagnosis of Dementia

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 – 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:


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