Dealing With Day To Day Challenges After You Have Been Diagnosed With Alzheimer

You just received the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, now what? There are a million questions that you or your family members have about the disease. You may be concerned about the changes that are about to occur in your life. It may seem very overwhelming right now and your emotions are bound to be like you were riding on a roller coaster. There are some things that you can do to help you to cope better with the news that you have Alzheimer’s and to help you organize your life in a way that will allow you to better handle things.

The first thing is to try to relax and not stress out about your diagnosis. Although Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease the symptoms will worsen gradually so you do not have to rush into any decision. Take your time to learn all you can about the disease so you know what to expect. Find out what resources are available to you in your community. Look up support groups, which will help by giving you ways of connecting with others with the disease and also with support services.

Organize your day so that you are more comfortable such as:

Doing as many of the more difficult tasks earlier on in the day such as balancing your checkbook, preparing meals, doing household chores or making phone calls of a business or personal nature. If you work, try to schedule work hours earlier in the day with evenings off for resting.

If you find that things are becoming difficult for you to do, take a break. Ask for help when it becomes necessary to do so. Don’t be ashamed to admit that things are becoming difficult to do.

You may wish to get your legal and financial matters in order while you are in the mild stage of Alzheimer’s and can still make these decisions so that your wishes are made known to others.

Communication is essential at anytime but especially so, when you begin to have difficulty remembering the right words to express your thoughts. Take your time with your communications. If necessary, ask the person you are communicating with to repeat what they said and ask them to speak slowly. If you are able to read better than you can understand the verbal word at this point, if possible ask the individual to write down what they wish to say to you.

Distractions such as loud noise may bother you more so now, than before so look for quiet places when you have things to do that require thinking or communicating.

At some point it won’t be safe for you to drive yourself places and you will have to be able to admit when that time arrives. Your doctor or family members can help to decide when it is right for you to stop driving.

Gather all the community support you can so that you can make adjustments such as finding local transportation services or homecare opportunities. You can find these services when you contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. If you live anywhere in the U.S.A., you can use the map located here:

http://www.alz.org/apps/findus.asp to find your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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