Alzheimer's and Dementia

How to communicate the Diagnosis: Choosing the right words

This session is intended for Caregivers, Professionals

How do you communicate an Alzheimer’s diagnosis to the person living with dementia and their loved ones?  How can you approach the topic with them and discuss Alzheimer’s Disease?

The presentation will provide tools to ensure optimal communication between the patient, their caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Questions addressed during this presentation will include: Why are some individuals kept in the dark about their diagnosis? What are the consequences of not informing the patient about their diagnosis? How does one communicate the diagnosis? What are the proper steps to follow when communicating the diagnosis?

The purpose of this workshop is to properly equip caregivers and healthcare professionals to communicate the Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis in a manner that will allow the patient to feel comfortable and reassured.

The presentation will be followed by a question/answer period.


  1. Laurence studied at McGill University for her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She then pursued her studies at the University of Sherbrooke for her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She has worked several years in the Recreational Department of a residence which helped her to expand her knowledge and experience in interacting with people with cognitive disorders. She has been working at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal for the past 9 years as Coordinator of the Family Services. In this position, she works closely with both people living with the disease and their caregivers. Since joining the Society, she regularly gives teleconferences for the Caregiver Network.

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