Supporting a friend or relative through any illness can be an opportunity to build a closer and more satisfying relationship. However, it can also be hard work and frustrating at times. And because of the nature of the disease, caring for someone with dementia can be particularly difficult.
“When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it’s normal for those close to them to feel anxiety, fear, grief and even anger at the unfairness of it all,” says our Director of Psychological Services, Dr Mark Winwood.
The rate at which the disease progresses can vary a lot, some people can maintain their independence and high quality of life for a considerable time after their initial diagnosis.
At some point though, dementia will impact their work, social life and their relationships with family and friends. ‘The emotional upset, pain and sense of loss can be acute.”