May 13, 2015 - 02:29 PM
The answer is a personal matter and could depend on the stage of the disease and the timing as when you may have a discussion with your grandmother.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America recommends some options here are a few I would consider:
1. Be mindful that they may suspect something is amiss long before a diagnosis and it is their right to know what is wrong.
2. The state of the process of the disease could enable them to participate in important medical, legal, financial, long term care and end of life issues.
3. If they are not able to totally understand the diagnosis or deny the explanations then accept their reaction and avoid further explanations of the disease at that moment.
4. Bring in the professionals a social worker and healthcare professional who has experience working with cognitively impaired individuals and have a family conference with the grandmother.