The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can be overwhelming. Even if you suspected something was wrong, hearing it officially confirmed can be emotional for you and those who love you. While you might feel as if you have no control over your life now, there are actually steps you can take that will keep you feeling in charge and empowered.
Sit down with your loved ones and work together to create a plan for the future. That plan should start with learning more about Alzheimer's and advance to more detailed decisions about this complex disease.
Alzheimer's is by far the most common type of dementia. An estimated 5.5 million seniors are believed to live with Alzheimer's. If you’ve recently become one of them, it’s important to learn more about the disease.
Make sure you and your family understand the stages and symptoms of Alzheimer's. It’s the best way to plan for the future. Planning ensures you have time to think through how you want your care to be handled and to convey those wishes to your family.
The Alzheimer's Association created a comprehensive resource center that makes it easier to learn more about the symptoms, stages, treatment, and care options for people with Alzheimer's. The site also has an Interactive Brain Tour that shows how the disease affects the brain. Try to gather those closest to you together to walk through this information.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan for your future:
Finally, it's important to know that there are care partners who can help you continue to live your best quality of life despite this diagnosis.
Some seniors and their families find the supportive environment of an assisted living community to be an ideal solution. As the disease progresses, you can transition in to a memory care program designed to help with the unique challenges Alzheimer's creates.