Do you have a loved one recently diagnosed with Alzheimers? Do you know what exactly Alzheimers is? It is a type of dementia that can cause problems with memory, thinking, cognition, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, with end-stages of the disease becoming life-threatening.
Early detection is critical because there is still no cure. In addition, early detection can offer the best chance for effective treatment and improved quality of life. Memory loss is the most widely recognized early warning sign and knowing what to do about it could make all the difference in your treatment options.
As an elder law firm, we work with seniors and their loved ones every day to find ways to protect themselves from this terrible disease. We can find the care you need and ensure there is a way to pay for it that does not impoverish your family. Let us share three important tips to help you and your loved one who has Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia-related memory issues.
1. Begin to make decisions now. Are you concerned about the changes to memory, thinking, or behavior you are observing in your loved one? What is it that your loved one is doing, or not doing? Has anyone else noticed the same changes? Keep a record of your concerns and review them over time to help establish the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and the normal aging process. With aging, a certain amount of memory loss and confusion is to be expected, also other factors may affect older adults as well, such as prescription medications, stress, and other health conditions.
2. Communicate with your loved one and family. It can be difficult talking to a loved one about his or her mental health. It is important, though, to acknowledge your concerns. In addition, it is important to reach out and speak with other family members and decide who should begin the conversation. Decide whether it is best to talk about concerns in a face-to-face talk, or to include several family members. Always let compassion, understanding, and support be key.
3. Getting help is crucial. Your most important first step should be to schedule a doctor’s evaluation. Your next step should be to become familiar with support organizations and what they can do for you. For instance, organizations like Alzheimer’s Disease, and memory loss assistance programs. In addition, there are caring professionals to help with daily challenges, getting to medical appointments, and important legal and financial planning items.
Our law firm can help you plan for the future to determine what type of long-term care may be needed. Be aware that long-term care, whether inside or outside the home, can be expensive. Our law firm can also help you and your loved ones find ways to be able to afford long-term care.
We know how difficult this conversation can be and want to help. Do not wait to contact us to schedule a meeting with our firm to help you and your loved ones create a plan for the future.