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Grandma has dementia - September 2nd 2010, 03:23 AM

Im so scared of losing my grandma. She has been so amazing in my life. I spend more of my life with my grandparents then my parents. They taught me how to do most things i know, like how to swim, ride a bike, count, tie my shoes etc. Anyway, she has dementia. Mum wants me to prepare for when she forgets who i am and passes away etc. Im so frightened. I cant do that. I cant lose her. I always pictured her helping me with my children and looking after them too. Please help me! Mum says it will only get worse from her. Its not something they can cure
   
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Re: Grandma has dementia - September 2nd 2010, 08:32 AM

I'm truly sorry to hear about your grandmother's condition. =( Unfortunately, your mother is right about the effects of dementia. It's understandable that you would be in denial at the moment... that is, after all, the first stage of grief. When you are up for the task, it may help to learn more about dementia. It could be upsetting to read about the disturbing effects of the disease, but knowing more about this condition may also help prepare you for what's to come.

I'd like to encourage you to reach out to those around you... your parents, your friends, and even a family counselor or grief counselor. Arguments are bound to occur as your grandmother's condition becomes worse, so having a psychological professional that you can all visit once per week may be beneficial. You could also see a grief counselor one-on-one in order to talk about how you're feeling and learn how to cope with the emotional pain.

Finally, TeenHelp DOES have three facilitated chat room discussions coming up this Saturday. Click here for more information. You may find the discussions helpful. At the very least, you can connect with members who have lost loved ones, or are in the process of losing loved ones.

I wish you and your family all the best. <3






   
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