Supporting, and Getting Support, from Loved Ones after a Dementia Diagnosis – The Sacramento Bee

“I try to tell my kids that I am a mere shadow of the woman I once was, but so far they still think I’m that other woman.”

The words of that reader reveal another slice of the dementia story, of loved ones who desperately want to cling to the past, rejecting what is while hoping in vain for what once was. They are among the secondary sufferers coping with the empathetic sadness and confusion of watching those they care for lose the ability to remember or think clearly.

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