Dementia Self-Management

Discover Your Journey

With funding from The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health under the BOLD Infrastructure Act, the DEER Program worked in collaboration with six people living with dementia to develop a Dementia Self-Management Guidebook.

Our Advisory Team

(Click below to read Advisory Team Member bios)

Jim Loane

Chuck McClatchey

Nancy Nelson

Sam Simon

Barbara Stockton

Yvonne Sweeten

If you have been diagnosed with a dementia-related condition, then it is important to know: you can live well with dementia. This Dementia Self-Management Guidebook, based on the science of chronic disease self-management, was developed in partnership with six advisors who are living well with dementia. Specifically designed and formatted for people who are living with dementia, each module provides current information and aims to assist you in developing personalized strategies to live your best life. This Guidebook will also introduce you to helpful community resources recommended by our advisors to aid you in managing and adjusting to life after a diagnosis.

You are more than your dementia diagnosis. Join us in this powerful journey toward
living well with dementia!

The Guidebook includes the following modules:

  • What is Dementia?
  • Types of Dementia
  • Dementia Misconceptions
  • Diagnosing Dementia
  • Examining Your Goals
  • Choosing Healthcare Providers
  • Common Care Options
  • Communicating Effectively for Collaborative Decision-Making
  • Six Pillars of Brain Health
  • Reframing So-Called “Behaviors”
  • Defusing Distress
  • Managing Uncertainty
  • Identifying and Confronting Change and Loss
  • Dealing with Discouraging Setbacks
  • When and Where to Disclose Your Diagnosis
  • Communication Strategies
  • Clarifying and Re-Establishing Roles
  • Unexpected Gifts of Dementia
  • Adapting to the “New Normal”
  • Planning for Daily Life and Healthcare
  • The Possibility of Living Well
Dementia Self-Management Guidebook - Cover

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining a multi-week in-person or online Dementia Self-Management Program that engages people living with dementia together in a group and uses the Guidebook to explore strategies for living well, let us know!

Complete Our Interest Form

Thanks to grant support from the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Nevadans may request a free printed copy of The Dementia Self-Management Guidebook.