Life After Diagnosis
Consider This Scenario
Retirement is supposed to be a time for rest, relaxation, and adventure. But for some, retirement plans can be derailed by an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. This was the case for my parents, who had big plans to travel and spend time with loved ones. However, with my dad’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, their plans changed drastically. The disease affected their daily lives, making them more reclusive and isolated. It also progressed more rapidly due to their lack of social interaction. Alzheimer’s can be a devastating disease to navigate, but there are resources available to help.
If you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, it can be challenging to know where to turn for help. LivWell Seniors recognizes the Alzheimer’s Association, as a leading resource for families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Keep reading to learn more about the resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association for those affected by a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
Once testing is complete, the doctor will review results and share conclusions. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease reflects a doctor’s best judgment about the cause of a person’s symptoms.
You may want to ask the doctor to explain:
- Why the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s.
- Where you or the person living with Alzheimer’s may be in the course of the disease.
- What to expect in the future.
Find out if the doctor will manage care going forward and, if not, who will be the primary doctor. The diagnosing doctor can then schedule the next appointment or provide a referral.
We are here to help families and individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Our 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 provides information, referrals, and care consultation.
Join our online community (alzconnected.org) and share your experiences with others who know what you are going through.
Whether you’re living with memory loss or caring for someone who is, ALZNavigator® (alz.org/help-support/resources/alznavigator), an online interactive tool, will guide you to your next steps.
Your local Alzheimer’s Association offers programs and services tailored to your needs.
It is also important to begin making legal and financial plans. A timely diagnosis often allows the person living with dementia to participate in this planning. The person can also decide who will make medical and financial decisions on his or her behalf in the later stages of the disease.