An Alzheimer’s disease or dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming. Learn more to plan for the future.
What to bring to your appointment:
- The doctor’s contact information
- A list of your medications
- A notepad to write down the doctor’s suggestions.
- A friend or relative to accompany you if possible
Tips to help you cope with an Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis:
- Look for sources of help, such as, local, state, federal government services, adult day care, and assistance with home caregiving. Make a list of these resources and keep it in a safe place.
- Start legal and financial planning as soon as possible by appointing a power of attorney, completing a will, and arranging for long-term care.
- Consider volunteering for a clinical trial. Clinical trials are undertaken to test whether a new drug or device is safe and effective.
- Learn about memory care facilities and understand the different health care providers, including specialists, who may become a part of the care team.
- Learn about the relationship between depression and dementia, and about depression.
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