Seeking Positive Pathways

Carol Waarala, MSW, LMSW, Certified Specialist in Aging & Dementia

Living with a Diagnosis of Dementia

living-with-a-diagnosisHow can anyone tell you the secret to your living with the diagnosis of dementia? For each one of us, the impact of that moment is very personal. How do any of us go on when bad things happen? Where do we find the strength and courage to face the unknown of a diagnosis like dementia of the Alzheimer’s type?

Somehow… we just do! Where does that strength come from? I don’t have the answers – the answers lie within you and that’s part of the journey; searching for and bringing the answers to life.

And so you begin “living with a diagnosis of dementia” either as the person with dementia, the care partner, the family, or the friend. This I do know… we cannot change what’s happening, but we can change our knowledge, understanding and expectations.

Although this disease is known for having so much loss, we can learn to focus on what’s still there. That is what helps make a difference between “living” and “living well” with a diagnosis of dementia.