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Living Well - Communication

This section is designed to help you find important information about communicating with your family, friends and doctor. Topics include:

  1. How to talk to family, friends and neighbours about the disease
  2. How to share needs and wants with others
  3. How to communicate effectively

Each topic contains frequently asked questions and answers. If you are looking for more information on a certain topic, you will also be able to access helpful links and websites within and at the end of each section.

Deciding on whether to share your diagnosis with your family, friends and neighbours can be a difficult decision. Some people are worried about how their loved ones will react to this news. To make it easier, it is a good idea to share this information with the people who are closest to you. Remember there are benefits to sharing your diagnosis with the people you trust. Telling people will help to explain any changes in your behaviour, will encourage others to learn about how they can help you, and might help you to come to terms with your diagnosis. By sharing your diagnosis with others, you can begin the process of planning for the future and making important decisions with your family(1).


The information above comes from the following source(s):

(1) Compiled with permission from Alzheimer Society of Canada. (n.d.). Shared experiences: Suggestions for those with Alzheimer disease. Toronto, Canada: Alzheimer Society of Canada.

[This page updated on December 13, 2012]
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