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Adjusting to your diagnosis of dementia

 

How might my diagnosis affect me?

Adjusting to your diagnosis of dementia may be a challenge, but remember, you are not alone.  There are other people out there experiencing the same challenges as you, and there is lots of help available.  Here are some things you can do which may help:

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Speak to professionals

Speak to your GP

Make a list of questions and find out as much as you can about dementia.

Speak to a Dementia Navigator

The Dementia Navigator service in Warwickshire provides support and practical advice to people with dementia, their families and their carers.  They can help you to understand dementia, prepare for the future and access other services.

Find local services on interactive map.

Find out more about how Dementia Navigators can help you or telephone: 01926 888 899

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust

Find out more about services provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust (including memory assessment services and post diagnosis support).

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Talk to others

Family & friends

When you feel ready, talk to family and friends.  Consider attending a dementia support group – you can meet others who may be going through similar experiences.

Find a local group.

Get further information

The Alzheimer’s Society is an excellent source of information.  You can also get specially selected books on dementia from your local library.  Your GP or another professional can ‘prescribe’ (recommend) one for you.

This is known as the Books on Prescription scheme.

You're not alone

“I began by telling very few people, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s better to inform people rather than be talked about. So I have begun to widen the number of people that I have told what is the matter with me, and what the causes are for my forgetfulness.” Person in the early stages of dementia

  • Consider how you feel: Write it in a journal or talk to others about it. If you feel anxious or low, read the sections on ‘Boosting mood’ and ‘Coping with Stress and Anxiety’
  • Be positive and accept that there will be good days and bad days. Fill your life with people, activities, objects and experiences that make you feel good.

Tools to help you

Positive Log

Positive Log: Practice positive thinking using a positive log. Write down positive things you notice or experience each day. Download template.

Thoughts and Feelings Diary

Try using the Thoughts and Feelings Diary to help you think about things that have happened, how they made you feel and how you might approach things more positively in the future.

Set goals that you can achieve

Achieving goals can help you to feel positive. Consider what you want to do and how you will do it. Download goal setting template

“In one’s life so often you can sort of drift along thinking I must do that and it never happens. So just the idea of putting it in your diary, I’m going to do this by this, and if I succeed then … that was a very good idea about having a reward…. And so that’s something that one can incorporate in one’s life.” Person in the early stages of dementia

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