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Life After Diagnosis
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Once testing is complete, the doctor will review results and share conclusions.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease reflects a doctor’s best judgment about the cause of a person’s symptoms. You may want to ask the doctor to explain:

  • Why the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s

  • Where you or your loved one may be in the course of the disease

  • What to expect in the future

Find out if the doctor will manage care going forward and, if not, who will be the primary doctor. The diagnosing doctor can then schedule the next appointment or provide a referral.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing for both diagnosed individuals and those close to them. While there is currently no cure, treatments are available that may help relieve some symptoms. Research has shown that taking full advantage of available treatment, care and support can make life better.

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Finding support

We are here to help you live with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Our 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 provides information, referrals and care consultation.

  • Join our online community and share your experiences with others who know what you are going through.

  • See Living with Alzheimer's for tips to cope with the changes you may be experiencing  

  • Go to our free online tool, Alzheimer's Navigator, to receive a customized action plan and step-by-step guidance on topics including driving and home safety.

  • Your local Alzheimer’s Association offers programs and services tailored to your needs.


Planning ahead

Planning for the future plays an important part in making life better for those living with Alzheimer’s. Advance planning enables individuals with Alzheimer’s to make their wishes about medical care and living arrangements known. Knowing what to expect can help foster ease of mind for all concerned.

The Alzheimer's Association has many resources to assist you in planning for the future.

Visit our section about Planning Ahead >>




 

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