Learning to Live with Alzheimer’s

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed. Living with Alzheimer’s can bring about some big changes to your lifestyle, but it’s definitely possible. The most important thing to do at this point is to get informed. The more thoroughly you understand the disease and its side effects, the better prepared you’ll be to cope with the different stages of the disease as it progresses.

Alzheimer’s disease is still a relative mystery to mankind. We don’t know very much about how it originates, or what causes it. We do, however, know that susceptibility to Alzheimer’s development can be genetic. You can even get tested for susceptibility to Alzheimer’s if someone in your family has been diagnosed. Living with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult, but with the proper information and some tender love and care, you can still enjoy life like you always have.

Nurse helping an Alzheimer's patient have a glass of water

Stages

Alzheimer’s disease usually progresses in stages. As a form of dementia, it affects the brain functions. One common side effect that often leads to the discovery and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is memory loss. Because the disease progressively kills brain cells, you will likely notice a deterioration of memory, beginning with simple forgetfulness and developing into senility. People of any age can be diagnosed, but Alzheimer’s is most common among the elderly.

An elderly Alzeimer's patient

Getting Help

There are many resources for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to get help. Whether it is primarily information you seek, or rather someone to help you through the struggle, help is available. The Alzheimer’s Association has set up a 24/7 toll-free hotline, where trained professionals are waiting to answer questions, or just sympathize, at a moment’s notice. Additionally, local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association provide group sessions, conferences, and programs designed especially for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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