If you are reading this post because your loved one or someone you are close to has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, we’d like to first offer our deepest sympathies and tell you that you are not alone.
Knowing that others are experiencing the same issues or are currently facing the same challenges as you are, can often times help people get through the challenges ahead. It also makes us realize that this is a common issue that cannot be ignored. The statistics are alarming.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s right now.
Because it is a widely spread disease, scientists and experts in this field are constantly researching and developing new ways to defeat this terrible disease. Unfortunately, until a cure has been found, every 66 seconds someone develops the disease.
So what should you expect when someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?
The answer to this question is not the same for everyone. It is important to be prepared for a range of different emotions throughout this difficult time, from yourself and your loved ones. You might feel scared, angry, or isolated. You might also feel a sense of resentment.
Expect a lot of questions and confusion. What does this mean? What does the future hold? Understand that people might have a lot a questions, but you don’t have to have all of the answers. Write down all of your questions. Schedule a meeting with the doctor to address these concerns.
What should you or your loved one do first?
- Take time to process. Understand that you are not alone. There are a lot of support groups out there that can help you get through the early stages of this diagnosis.
- Try to understand the disease. It is normal for someone to be in a state of shock at first and not to ask all of the right questions in the beginning. When you feel comfortable,
- Join a support group and stay engaged.
- Take time for yourself. If you are the caregiver, it is very important that you take care of yourself also. It is easy to put your own needs on the back burner. Realize in the beginning that you need personal time. It is crucial to keep yourself in good health, too.
There are many things that you will experience in the next few months. Please know that we are here to help you. Dial Retirement Communities offers memory care and support. Memory Care is designed to assist those with memory impairments to stay active. Our caring staff, specialized programs and welcoming environment help engage our residents. Memory and Alzheimer’s Care offers all of the quality amenities and services of each community, along with the additional comfort and assurance that comes with knowing your loved one is safe within a secured community. Contact us for more information.
For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit alz.org for a plethora of information and support for anyone being affected by Alzheimer’s disease.