If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, this is the place for you to start.
Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia can be a difficult and overwhelming experience for you and your loved ones, leading to a variety of feelings including fear, anger, sadness, embarrassment and disbelief. At the same time, a diagnosis may also provide you with a sense of relief, as it offers an explanation for the symptoms you have been experiencing.
There is no right or wrong way to feel - everyone is unique in how they will perceive their disease and the challenges it brings to their life. What is important to understand is that the changes you are seeing in yourself are due to the disease. They are not your fault.
You may want to cope with the reality of your diagnosis at your own pace, and access more information and services when you feel it is right for you to do so. Going forward, you may require different types of help at different times.
Right now, you are likely to have a lot of questions about what to do next. The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is here to provide information and support as you determine what is best for you and your family.
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