'When you learn that your loved one has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, you might be torn between keeping it to yourself and telling others. On one hand, shouldering this responsibility alone can be overwhelming. Yet, your concerns about other people's responses may make you hesitant to reveal the diagnosis to family, friends, and, perhaps most importantly, the person with the disease. How will they react? And how will you deal with their reaction? Following are some suggestions on how to discuss the disease with others. Consider the person diagnosed:
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