Early Detection: Issues to Address
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia allows individuals and their families to learn more and plan better for the future. 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.
- Seeking support services for primary caregivers and other family members, including support groups, telephone buddies and respite care.
- Participating in clinical trials.
- 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.
- 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 the individual with the disease from physical, emotional or financial abuse.
For more information, connect with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s licensed social workers. Click here or call 866.232.8484. Real People. Real Care.
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