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I find that I can get no help, advice or training on how best to support my wife with the early stages of Alzheimers. So far the most stressful period was when I believed she was suffering from dementia - there were indications in 8 of the common symptoms.
For months our GP and my wife's mental health team refused to speak to me. It was only when I attended the same Pdsychiatrist for severe depression that he told me my wife had dementia - Alzheimers - that this stress was eased. My wife has not yet been told of the diagnosis and believes my concern is just a sympton of my Anxiety and Depression (now well controlled with medication and therapy).
At present I just make my wife as happy as possible, never argue with her, follow her somewhat chaotic decisions and over-rule where the result would be unacceptable. I have no idea if such a policy is the best or not.
A further problem is that we are not preparing ourselves for the future. Downward progress is slow but noticeable to me.
I should be grateful to learn of others' experiences and wisdom on this early stage. On the whole the house works tollerably well and we remain a happy couple.
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