Have you ever been in the position of hearing the surprising news from a friend or family member that he has dementia? Or, perhaps you're in the early stages of Alzheimer's and have decided to share this recent diagnosis with a friend. Are you concerned about how she'll react?
If you're ever on the receiving end of hearing about a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, whether for that person or her family member, take care with your response. You can only imagine the courage it has taken for her to share that information with someone, so honor that courage with a listening response.
I've compiled a few suggestions of how to react (and what not to say) when someone tells you they have Alzheimer's, but would love to hear from you. What's been helpful or hurtful when you've shared your diagnosis of Alzheimer's, or that of a family member? What comments should people say and which should they hold back? Please comment below, or feel free to email me at Alzheimers.firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts as well.