Your Loved One Has Been Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s – NOW WHAT?

shutterstock_690827047You’ve hoped this day wouldn’t come. You are overwhelmed with emotion as the doctor delivers the diagnosis. Anger. Panic. Sadness. A blur of questions run through your mind.

  • How will I take care of mom while working full time and taking care of my children?
  • Will my husband forget who I am?
  • Is dad safe living at home alone? Should he still be driving?
  • I don’t have the patience to be a caregiver. What am I going to do?

If you have not been personally effected by Alzheimer’s, odds are you know someone who has. Check out these sobering facts from the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th LEADING cause of death in the United States.
  • Every 65 SECONDS someone in the United States develops the disease.
  • 1 in 3 SENIORS dies with Alzheimer’s or another Dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • More than 16 MILLION Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

Educating yourself on this disease is key. An excellent resource is the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org. 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900. They can direct you to a local support group.

There are many excellent books on Alzheimer’s, three of my favorites are “Creating Moments of Joy” by Jolene Brackey; “The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss” by Johns Hopkins University Press; “Alzheimer’s Through the Stages: A Caregivers Guide” by Althea Press. You can click the book image(s) below to order directly through Amazon.

What care options are available?

  • Day Stay – some churches offer programs – usually one day a week for 4 hours. Check with Senior Centers too. Some Memory Care communities also offer Day Stay.
  • Home Care/Personal Assistance Service – caregivers can provide many services from companionship to bathing/dressing, etc. Be sure to select one that trains their caregivers in the proper care of people with Alzheimer’s.
  • Assisted Living/Memory Care/Residential Care Homes – senior living options that provide dementia care. Different options to fit varying levels of care and budgets.

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Published by theloriwilliams

Founder, CEO of Lori Williams - Senior Services.

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