Finding out that you have dementia can be pretty scary. Although there is no cure, there are some ways to slow down the cognitive decline and to cope with the dementia.

One way to take care of yourself is to take care of your physical health. Make sure to get exercise in some way, get enough rest, and eat well every day. This will give you more energy and overall just help you be healthier longer.

Avoiding alcohol is another important habit to form. Drinking alcohol could interfere with whatever medication you’re taking and also negatively affects your brain.

During the early stages of dementia, you’ll want to declutter and organize your belongings. This will help you find things easily and will help you realize which things are important to you. This will be important if you end up moving into a memory care community down the line.

Make sure to take your medicine as prescribed. This will slow down the decline as much as possible. Don’t change up your medication without speaking to your doctor first, either.

There’s no need for you to go through this journey alone. Talk to your friends and family about what you need. They might not know right away how to react or what to do for you. If there’s something specific that you need, make sure you let them know.

If possible, join a support group. This will help you deal with the emotional struggle that comes from the diagnosis. Talking to other people who are going through the same thing will make you feel less alone in your struggles.

Lastly, plan for the future. It’ll help to talk it over with your support system, whether that’s a spouse, a sibling, a friend, or your children. Make sure they understand what your plans are and that you figure out as much as possible about any financial or legal details that will eventually come up.

These are a few ways that you can deal with dementia and all the obstacles it brings with it. Again, you don’t need to do this alone. Create a support system, and ask questions along the way. It won’t be an easy journey, but there are definitely ways to cope and make it a little lighter.