My name is Peggy and I’m from Lower Coverdale, NB. My husband, Eric, is 73 years old and is living with Lewy Body Dementia.
When my husband received his diagnosis, I was in total shock. I had noticed some changes in his behavior, but never anticipated that Lewy Body Dementia could be the cause. I was in so much grief, I couldn’t breathe. I needed help.
I decided to reach out to the Alzheimer Society. I was immediately given resources and learned about the services and programs they offer. I decided to join the Caregiver Support Group, a monthly online meeting for family and friends of people living with dementia. When I joined the meeting, I joined a community of people who were also on the dementia journey. Even though we still had so many challenges to face, I found comfort in knowing I wasn’t alone.
I also sought out resources, and found some really great ones. I used the Alzheimer Society and my doctor as resources, read some helpful books, and watched educational videos on YouTube. Personally, I really enjoyed Dr. Natalie Edmonds videos. Learning about Eric’s dementia helped us to better understand the disease and to know what questions to ask.
If I could say anything to someone else caring for someone with dementia, I would tell them that there is help out there. Get in touch with the Alzheimer Society and other community services. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Having a good support system is so important. The dementia journey is made easier when others are walking alongside you.