After receiving a diagnosis of dementia, Parksville Qualicum Beach residents living with the disease and their family may feel stressed and concerned about the future.
Preparing for what comes ahead can be challenging, but the Alzheimer Society of B.C. can provide help.
Preparing in advance can significantly reduce stress and help ensure people living with dementia can express their wishes before the disease affects their ability to communicate.
Here are a few things to consider when starting the conversation:
· Think about what is important to the person living with dementia and encourage them to reflect on their values and wishes.
· Learn about different medical procedures and consult with health-care providers about what a person living with the disease can or cannot do based on their medical conditions.
· Decide on a substitute decision-maker who is willing and able to speak for the person living with dementia if they cannot speak for themselves.
· Talk about their wishes. Open communication is vital to ensure everyone, including their family and caregivers, is on the same page.
· Record their wishes. There are legal documents regarding planning for future health care. Contact the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for more details.
Parksville Qualicum Beach residents can learn more in the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s free webinar about getting started with planning for legal, health-care and financial decisions for someone diagnosed with dementia. The session takes place on Wednesday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Visit alzbc.org/plan-early to register.
— NEWS Staff