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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

3 Tips on How to Support a Loved One Who is Newly Diagnosed with Alzheimers

Do you know the name of the type of dementia that can cause problems with memory, thinking, cognition, and behavior?  It is Alzheimer’s Disease. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, with end-stages of the disease becoming life-threatening. 

Since there is still no cure, early detection is critical. Early detection can offer the best chance for effective treatment and improved quality of life. The most widely recognized early warning sign is memory loss and knowing what to do about it could make all the difference in your treatment options.

As an elder law firm, we work with Alabama seniors and their loved ones every day to find ways to protect themselves from this terrible disease. We can help both find the care you need and ensure there is a way to pay for it that does not impoverish your family. Let us share three important tips to help you and your loved one who potentially has Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia-related memory issues. 

1. Don’t wait to make decisions. Why are you concerned? Are there changes to memory, thinking, or behavior you observe? What is your loved one doing, or not doing?  Has anyone else noticed the same changes that you are seeing? Recording your concerns and reviewing them over time can help establish the difference between Alzheimer's Disease and the normal aging process. A certain amount of memory loss and confusion is to be expected, and other factors may affect older adults as well, such as prescription medications, stress, and other health conditions.
 
2. Communicate with your loved ones.  Remember, like any problem, acknowledging your concerns is the first step. This can be difficult when confronting a loved one about his or her mental health. Be sure to reach out and speak with other family members and decide who should begin the conversation. Decide whether it is best to talk about concerns in a face-to-face talk, or to include several family members. Always let compassion, understanding, and support be key.

3. Get the help you need. Scheduling a doctor’s evaluation is a critical first step. Your second step is to become familiar with support organizations and what they can do for you, like Alzheimer’s Disease, and memory loss assistance programs, and caring professionals to help with daily challenges, getting to medical appointments, and important legal and financial planning items. 

In addition, law firms like ours can help you plan for the future to determine what type of long-term care may be needed in the future. You need to know now that long-term care, whether inside or outside the home, can be expensive. We can also help you and your loved ones find ways to be able to afford it.

We know how difficult this conversation can be and want to help. Do not wait to contact us to schedule a meeting with our firm to help you and your loved ones create a plan for the future. 


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