You seem to focus a lot on the positives – hope, joy, etc. My dementia story has also included a lot of grief and loss. Is there space to acknowledge that?
As you note, everyone’s experience with dementia is unique and complex. In the midst of changing relationships, changing abilities, and adjusting plans for the future, it is common and natural to feel deep grief and loss. We acknowledge that pain in the varied ways it shows up. As you navigate challenges, counseling and support groups can be a good place to explore your feelings.
These resources may be helpful:
· The Alzheimer’s Association offers support groups for persons living with early stage memory loss and caregivers. Call the 24/hour helpline to get connected: 1.800.272.3900 or click here for a list of support groups in the greater Seattle area.
· Senior Centers also offer support resources:
o Ballard Senior Center: Support groups for care partners. 206.297.0403
o Central Area Senior Center: Support group for African American care partners. 206.726.4926
o Greenwood Senior Center: Support groups for persons living with memory loss and care partners; individual counseling. 206.297.0875
o Northshore Senior Center: Support groups for care partners. 425.488.4821
o Southeast Seattle Senior Center: Support groups for care partners; dementia-friendly programs. 206.722.0317
o West Seattle Senior Center: Support group for care partners. 206.932.4044 ex.12