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After receiving a diagnosis of dementia, it may take time to understand and learn about the disease. It is generally shocking and very difficult for individuals, their friends and loved ones to accept the diagnosis. It is not unusual for a period of denial to occur. However, it is important for the individual, their loved ones and friends to receive education so they can gain an understanding of possible limitations, what the needs for support are, current health requirements, and what warning signs to watch for that may indicate a further decline in health and cognitive ability.
A person with dementia should be encouraged to remain active even if adjustments may need to be made in their lives. The diagnosis of dementia should not imply that the individual should become inactive or give up on living. There are a number of areas to encourage, focus on, modify and reinforce.
The diagnosis of early dementia involved education, planning, reinforcement and monitoring. It is also an opportunity to learn about the individual’s wishes for many key areas in her life.