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Preparing for Changes Ahead

Introduction

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In this session you will become more familiar with the changes people with dementia are likely to experience in the later stages of the disease.  Understanding these changes, and the physical care issues that come in the late stage, will help you to know what to expect and how to achieve maximum health and comfort.

We'll also introduce some ideas around decision making, holding a family meeting and managing your feelings.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this session, you will be able to:

  • Know how to adapt to the expected changes in the late stage of dementia.
  • Identify tools to assist in making hopeful, proactive decisions about care options.
  • Know how to involve all family members in decision making.
  • Describe feelings that accompany changes in family members' ability to function.

Work through the various parts of the session at your leisure.  Move from one part to another at your own pace and in the order that makes sense to you, based on your own needs and interests.

Summary

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Congratulations!  You've successfully completed Session 12.

In this session you became more familiar with the changes people with dementia are likely to experience in the later stages of the disease.  You were also introduced to some ideas around decision making, holding a family meeting and managing your feelings.

The Alzheimer Society in your community can provide educational resources to help you learn more about the disease, referrals to help you access the practical support you need, and one-on-one and group support to help you cope with the emotional impact of the disease.  Contact your local Alzheimer Society today.

Note: This online version of the Seeds of Hope Family Learning Series provides guidance but it is not intended to replace the advice of a health care professional.  Consult your health care provider about changes in the person's condition, or if you have questions or concerns.