Maintaining Friendships Despite a Dementia Diagnosis

Originally published on AARP:

At first, you might think your friend is just having a few bad days with forgetfulness, repetitive stories and anxiety. Then comes a dementia diagnosis.

What is next for your friendship?

“Stand by your friend,” says Arthena Caston, 56, of Macon, Georgia, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease five years ago. “And when I say stand, stand by your friend through thick and thin. Because it’s not always going to be a great day.”

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Kristin Cherry, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Traditions Management
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