First steps

While receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be devastating, it may also bring a sense of relief at finally being able to put a name to the symptoms you have been experiencing.

Nevertheless, it can be hard to know what to do first; you likely have a lot of questions. Getting the information and support you need can help you take charge of your condition.

1. Recognize that you are going through a variety of emotions

You might feel angry, embarrassed, frustrated, afraid or sad. These emotions are normal and may come and go.

2. Tell people

Sharing this information will help them understand the difficulties you are having as a result of the disease.

3. Learn about Alzheimer’s disease

Find out what you can about the disease and how it will progress. Learn about tips and strategies that might help you day to day.

4. Explore treatment options

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, medications can help some people with some of the symptoms.

5. Recognize that you have a disease that affects your abilities

Focus on what you can do, not what you can`t do and find ways that help you cope with the changes.

6. Seek help

Call your local Alzheimer Society to find out what services are available in providing practical assistance.

7. Look for support

Find people you are comfortable with to share your feelings and emotions.

8. Plan for the future

Start planning for the future and take charge of your condition.

9. Take care of yourself

Maintain your physical health, stay active, make healthy food choices and spend time with your family and friends. Enjoy life to the fullest.

10. Know the Alzheimer Society is here to help

The Alzheimer Society has information and support programs. For more information, contact your local Alzheimer Society.

First steps Download our brochure (print-friendly version) for more information, or contact your local Alzheimer Society.

Also available is a brochure for families: First Steps for Families (print-friendly version).

Last Updated: 10/04/2019