In Isaac Asimov’s opinion, “The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” It is a frequent feeling for many family caregivers when their loved one is diagnosed with a chronic condition, such as dementia. Even though this can generate some measure of comfort in believing that life can go on like it always has, if only we refuse to acknowledge this new reality, the truth, of course, is the fact that acknowledgment is vital to obtaining the necessary help at home.
It is understandable for a family member to want to do everything possible independently to provide the care a senior loved one needs. Nonetheless, frequently in the crux of denial are thoughts of guilt, helplessness, and in many cases incompetence in the capability to “fix things.” And there are major advantages to be gained – both for the senior and his or her family members – by dealing with the situation head-on, such as the opportunity to relish time together, and also to learn successful approaches to take care of any difficulties being faced now or while the condition progresses.
AARP provides some helpful issues to consider for families struggling to acknowledge a loved one’s diagnosis:
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