Early Detection of Alzheimer’s or other related dementias…Issues to Address & Consider
- Discussing the disease, its symptoms, the way it progresses, and the range of treatment options with physicians or other qualified healthcare professionals.
- Telling family and friends about the diagnosis, educating them about the disease and asking for family support.
- Identifying and participating in community resources, such as support groups, adult day services and respite programs at local Alzheimer’s organizations or other community agencies.
- Pursuing support services for primary caregivers and other family members, including support groups, telephone buddies and respite care.
- Future planning with regard to treatment choices, legal issues, financial matters, long-term care, and end-of-life wishes while the individual is still able to participate in the decision-making.
- Preparing advance directives, such as a living will and power of attorney.
- Participate in clinical trials
- Reviewing insurance coverage, including health, disability, life, prescription drug, and long-term care.
- Addressing issues such as safety, motor vehicle driving and living arrangements.
- Checking out long-term care options, including in-home care, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
- Protecting your loved one with the disease from physical, emotional or financial abuse.
Submitted by Cathy Clairmont, English Rose Suites