What to Do after a Diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Sunrise Senior Living  |  September 18, 2019
What to Do after a Diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's
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A diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s is difficult. It’s tough for you to hear and for your loved ones to accept. During this emotional time, it is important to consider what to do next. You can take steps to plan for a future that will allow you to live as independently as possible.

After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

1. Learn more about the disease.

As the saying goes, “knowledge is power.” Learning as much as you can about the disease and what to expect will allow you to plan for your future. That will help you feel in control of your life despite this diagnosis.

When you understand the stages of Alzheimer’s, you have a good idea of the kind of support you will need.

2. Cope with difficult emotions.

After receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, you and your loved ones may experience a roller coaster of emotions. After the initial shock, you will likely feel anger, fear, and sadness. Each of these reactions is expected.

Taking care of your emotional needs and finding healthy ways to cope is crucial at this stage. You might want to talk with a mental health professional or connect with a support group of people living with Alzheimer’s. Your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association can help you connect with these types of resources.

3. Decide how to share your news.

After you have time to adjust to this diagnosis, you may be ready to share the news with friends and extended family. Some seniors find this difficult. If you are hesitant to deliver this news yourself, it may be easier to enlist your spouse or adult child to help.

4. Practice healthy self-care.

There is growing evidence to show exercise may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Research seems to indicate 20 to 30 minutes is optimal. A healthy diet and quality sleep also help.

Many find stress-busting activities beneficial. Yoga, meditation, tai chi, and music therapy are a few to try.

5. Plan for the future.

Talking about and planning for the future is important. It’s the best way to make sure your wishes are honored. It might help to work with an elder law attorney to create the legal documents you’ll need down the road.

Reminiscence Memory Care at Sunrise

At Sunrise Senior Living communities, we are proud of our Reminiscence memory care programs. Each of our caregivers works hard to support the unique needs of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and similar forms of dementia.

If you have questions about Alzheimer’s care, one of our experienced team members will be happy to help. Call us at 888-434-4648 for assistance.

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