Knowledge is power. Learn everything you can about your illness.
Together with you and your care partners, the doctor should develop a reasonable plan for meeting your needs. Regular doctor visits will help you get the best care. Bring an updated medication list and a written list of your top three questions to each doctor visit.
Treatment may involve medications or other therapies to slow the disease symptoms and improve quality of life.
As with any chronic illness, it’s important to have partners to be there with you as you manage the disease symptoms. A care partner can be a spouse, friend, child, neighbor, church member, or anyone else who can give you time, attention and support.
Making legal, financial, and other life plans now will give you peace of mind and help you and your family today and in the years ahead. An Alzheimer’s Association care consultant can help you create a plan.
Building a support network is an essential component of living well with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association can connect you with support networks in your community.
Many people living with Alzheimer’s say that eating right, staying mentally and physically active, and becoming part of a greater cause helps them function at their highest level. If you are one of the 2.5 million Americans with early dementia, talk to us about the issues that matter most to you.