Top 10 Things to do After a Family Member has been Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease
- Find people you can talk to for support and information. Join a dementia support group. Try not to blame yourself or the person with dementia. Talking to others will help you get through this.
- Contact your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. Consider enrolling your family member in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Safe Return® Program, which helps find people with dementia in the event that they wander off and become lost. For more information, go towww.alz.org and http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_safe_return.asp.
- Inform other family members. Involve them in the decision-making and planning processes. Consider involving the most appropriate family members first, bringing in others as needs arise.
- Educate yourself and your family about the disease, caregiving needs and available options. Consult educational resources such as www.lightbridgehealthcare.com andwww.alz.org.