Dementia & Caregiver Grief: Coping with The Longest Loss

Date and Time: 
10/25/2017 - 10:00am

Presented by Suzanne Weessies, Constituent Services Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Pennsylvania Chapter

From the earliest stage through the most severe, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Often referred to as “the long goodbye,” the emotional pain is inescapable. Grief for the loss of a loved one with dementia begins long before the end of life – and it can be isolating, confusing, and emotionally draining.

This program will discuss the impact of the “anticipatory grief” that often accompanies an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis and ways to cope with this common experience. Anticipatory grief is an emotional reaction that occurs before an impending loss and is generally considered the most difficult type of grief to manage.