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Alzheimer's - Dealing with the Diagnosis

- Monday, January 21, 2013

When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to take some time to absorb the news and then begin getting answers to all of your questions.

Some of the questions you should ask might be:

1. What’s the usual course of Alzheimer’s disease?

2. What new treatments are available?

3. Are the drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s symptoms effective, and what are their side effects?

4. Does Alzheimer’s disease affect how long someone lives?

5. How long can a person function normally after receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis?

6. Can Alzheimer’s patients be a danger to themselves or others?

7. What’s the best place for care — at home or in a nursing facility?

8. What do I need to do to make my home safe and comfortable for someone who has Alzheimer’s?

9. What services and support organizations for Alzheimer’s disease are in my area?

10. Does Alzheimer’s run in families?

If you know someone or have a friend who is caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease and you’re not sure what to do, your doctor and those with experience with Alzheimer’s can answer all of your questions. You need help navigating this journey and there are numerous resources at your disposal.

For more information on Alzheimer’s care, contact Spring Arbor.

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