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2.3 Support to adjust to diagnosis

Support groups and counselling can help you come to terms with diagnosis

Health professionals have told us that some people with dementia and families are not willing to accept services that may help them because they feel they do not need help yet. However, people with dementia and care partners who have used services often tell us they wish they had used services sooner. This suggests that people with dementia sometimes don’t realise that services might help them move forward with dementia.

Here are some services and supports designed to help you adjust to your diagnosis of dementia:

Support groups for people diagnosed with dementia

People with dementia also find attending a support group really useful to learn more about dementia, share stories and make new friends with people going through the same experience.  

Post-diagnostic counselling for people recently diagnosed with dementia

Having an expert answer questions and help you adjust to life with dementia can make the experience easier.  

Contacting your local Alzheimer’s Society is a great way to learn about what counselling services may be available to you. 

For example, the Alzheimer’s Society of New Brunswick offers a FREE Tele-counselling and Psychotherapy Program. You can learn more by contacting 1-800-664-8411 or info@alzheimernb.ca. 

Contact your local Alzheimer's Society

To find your local Alzheimer’s Society click your provincial link below. On the top left of the page you can click “Change your Society” and select your local chapter.  

Alzheimer Society of British Columbia: Click Here 

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest TerritoriesClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of SaskatchewanClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of ManitobaClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of OntarioClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of Quebec: Click Here 

Alzheimer Society of New BrunswickClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward IslandClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of Nova ScotiaClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and LabradorClick Here 

Call toll-free: 1-800-616-8816, and ask to be directed to your local society.