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Health Tip: Caring for a Person With Alzheimer's

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(HealthDay News) -- If you are caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, you may develop feelings of grief as the person starts to change, the Alzheimer's Foundation says.

There are five phases of grieving: denial, anger, guilt, sadness and acceptance.

The association suggests how to cope with grief and loss:

  • Face your feelings and accept them.
  • Prepare to have feelings of loss as dementia progresses.
  • Understand that no two people grieve in exactly the same way.
  • Talk with someone you trust about your feelings.
  • Stay involved in activities that you enjoy.
  • Join a support group.
  • Accept things that you cannot change.
  • Take care of yourself.

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