Diagnosed With Dementia Now What ?

By on March 28, 2014
diagnosis of dementia

I often hear, “I have been diagnosed with dementia now what ?”  This is a common issue with many individuals and their family members when they receive the devastating news.

You or your family member may feel paralyzed and in shock.  The diagnosis of dementia is overwhelming. Dementia not only affects the dementia patient, it affects the entire family. Did you know that from diagnosis to death could be as long as 20 years?

Did you know that a new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds? Did you know that there are over 200 types of dementia? Alzheimer’s s the most common. Lewy Body dementia is the second most common type of dementia. It is also the most overlooked and misdiagnosed form of dementia.

There is a lack of awareness and understanding of dementia. Many believe that memory problems are a part of normal aging.  It is not.  It is a progressive disorder, or syndrome, caused by a variety of different conditions affecting the brain. This syndrome, affects memory, thinking, balance, behaviors and the ability to preform activities of daily living.

Did you know that there is a world wide growing crisis as the present population ages. We are living longer, but not necessarily healthier. The high cost of dementia is already taxing the health care system. At the present time, over $604 billion dollars a year is being spent in the US. The dementia population is expected to double every  20 years.

diagnosis of dementia now what

diagnosis of dementia now what

The statistics for the family  dementia caregivers is bleak. Family care givers require support from  a variety of different organizations : the health, social, financial and legal systems. Statistics show that 50% of family caregivers taking care of a person with dementia  actually pass or become seriously ill and are unable to care for their dementia patient.

There are many things a person can do to prepared for the future. In order to help many with their caregiving journey, I have written a book with step by step strategies to plan for future care needs.

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