- Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who has been diagnosed.
“I know Mom is going to get better.”
- Anger at the person with Alzheimer’s, the fact there is no cure, or that people don’t understand what’s happening.
“If he asks me that one more time, I’ll scream!”
- Social withdrawal from friends and activities that once brought pleasure.
“I don’t care about getting together with friends anymore.”
- Anxiety about the future.
“What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?”
- Depression* that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope. This can include thoughts of suicide or death.
“I don’t care anymore.”
- Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks.
“I’m too tired for this.”
- Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns.
“What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?”
- Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions.
“Leave me alone!”
- Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks.
“I was so busy; I forgot we had an appointment.”
- Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll.
“I can’t remember the last time I felt good.”