Coping and supportBy Mayo Clinic staff
Living with amnesia can be frustrating for the person with memory loss, and for family and friends too. More-severe forms of amnesia may require direct assistance for the affected person from family, friends or professional caregivers.
It can be helpful to talk with others who understand what you're going through, and who may be able to provide advice or tips on living with amnesia. Ask your doctor if he or she knows of a support group in your area for people with amnesia and their loved ones.
If an underlying cause for the amnesia is identified, there are national organizations that can provide additional information or support for the individual and their families. Examples include:
- The Alzheimer's Association (800-272-3900)
- The Brain Injury Association of America (800-444-6443)
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