Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is life-changing for many individuals.
It is to be expected that you are coping with some difficult emotions,
that you may be unsure of what will happen next, and that you are finding
it difficult to share the news with your loved ones. Although Alzheimer’s
disease is not yet curable, you should know that many individuals with
this form of dementia lead full, active lives for many years. It may empower
you to begin planning for your future
Alzheimer’s care needs in advance.
Consulting Your Doctor
After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, you may wish to learn as much as
you can about your disease, and what it will mean for you and your family
in the future. Your best source of information is your physician. Your
doctor can answer your questions, explain how the disease progresses,
and offer treatment recommendations for managing symptoms related to Alzheimer’s.
Caring for Your Emotional Wellness
It may take some time to adjust to your diagnosis. You may find yourself
feeling a range of emotions typically associated with the grieving process;
this is perfectly normal. Allow yourself to explore your emotions and
find healthy coping techniques. You may wish to join a support group,
connect with your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter, or receive counseling from a mental health professional.
Sharing the Diagnosis with Loved Ones
When you are ready to share your diagnosis with loved ones, let your intuition
guide you. You may only wish to tell your close family members or you
may feel comfortable talking with your friends about the disease. Be prepared
for strong reactions; your loved ones are likely to be very upset by the
news because they care about you.
Planning for the Future
Alzheimer’s disease progresses over a period of years. It is wise
to begin planning for your future care needs now, while you are still
capable of doing so. Explore memory care locations and discuss your preferences
with your loved ones.
At Avalon Memory Care, we believe individuals with
Alzheimer’s deserve the best of care within a home-like environment, rather than an
institutional facility. If you are planning for a future dementia nursing
care plan in Carrollton for yourself or a loved one, give us a call at
469.802.3179. A caring staff member will listen closely to your concerns
and help you understand the Alzheimer’s care options available to you.