Alzheimer's Disease: Newly Diagnosed

Families can feel overwhelmed when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about how to manage care for yourself or a loved one who has just received an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

New Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

There are so many uncertainties about how to plan and pay for medical care for people with Alzheimer's, particularly for the long term. Legal and financial affairs must be put in order.

The information below can help you organize information as you plan and make decisions for the present and the future. 

Finding a Provider

Learn about the types of physicians and other providers involved in Alzheimer’s care, and find resources, such as Alzheimer’s Research Centers, for selecting one.

Your First Appointment

Bring our list of questions to ask and people to have with you as you discuss your medical care with your health care team.

Legal and Financial Planning

If you are in the very early stages of Alzheimer’s, you may still be able to make decisions regarding powers of attorney, wills, and living trusts. If the disease is advanced, a court may appoint someone to handle the patient’s financial affairs.

Government Benefits Programs

See if you qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal and state programs and services to help with the costs and burdens of care.

Insurance and Long-term Care

When a patient is no longer able to stay at home, know the range of senior housing options, health care facilities, and services available. Long-term care policies are no longer an option after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. However, some resources may help with payments.

In addition, read more about our tips on the everyday concerns and safety precautions for patients and caregivers in the Living with Your Disease section.

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