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Suspect Your Spouse Has Dementia? How to Effectively Broach the Subject
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Everyone has occasionally lapses in memory or mental ability, but when it seems to be happening on a regular basis, you have reason to be concerned. Dementia is a devastating condition, both for people who are diagnosed with it and their loved ones. If you suspect your spouse has dementia, consider taking the following steps to effectively broach the subject. 

Research

 

Unless you're a doctor or professional who has experience with patients with dementia, you need to do your research. Determine if there's a recurring pattern that indicates your spouse could have dementia. You should also compare your observations to those of other loved ones, as they might not agree. Once you conclude the dementia is a definite possibility for your spouse, you will feel more confident about addressing the issue with them.

Plan What You Will Say

Dementia is a very delicate subject matter, and it can be extremely difficult to bring it up in a suitable manner. There's no magic solution to make this easy, but there are ways to make it easier. Take some time to plan what you'll say, but don't agonize over it. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will become. You know that no one is at fault for your spouse's condition, but you should make sure you don't come across as if you're blaming them for what they're experiencing. You need to be mindful of your tone and your words. There should also be a focus on possible treatments, such as having them receive disability care

Choose an Appropriate Setting

When you talk about dementia with your spouse, you want to make sure it's not at a time or location that would catch them off-guard. This should be done in private at a time when you have their full attention. Avoid public areas such as a restaurant, as both you and your spouse will want to feel comfortable expressing yourselves openly. A place where the two of you can be comfortable and intimate is your best option. 

Actively Listen and Respond Accordingly 

You also need to be sure to listen actively and provide responses that are conducive to helping both of you through this difficult time. The opinions of your spouse are just as important as your own. Let them speak and refrain from interrupting or contradicting them. The two of you need to work together, just as you've always done. 

The idea of your spouse having dementia is awful to think about it, but ignoring the possible signs of it is no solution. If you suspect that your spouse has dementia, you need to be able to prepare for all the next possible steps. By being prepared, you can ensure the most possible comfort for your spouse and yourself.



By Marlena Stoddard BA
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Biography: Marlena Stoddard is a freelance writer who received her BA from the University of Georgia. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband two kids and puppy Molly Belle.

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