A positive Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis is a life-changing event for patients and their loved ones. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s and symptoms steadily progress from forgetfulness and confusion to an inability to have conversations and respond to surroundings. It is a painful process that impacts millions of seniors and their families, but mitigating treatments are widely available.
Did you know research shows that early detection, combined with effective medical care, can provide some symptom relief and improve quality of life? Let us share several things senior adults and their families can do after receiving a positive diagnosis right here, in our blog, to help you.
- Gather Information. Did you know skilled physicians can diagnose Alzheimer’s with 90 percent accuracy? Once testing is complete, a doctor will review the results and share the conclusions. The diagnosis will be based on the best judgment of the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Make sure to ask the evaluating physician:
- Why is the diagnosis Alzheimer’s?
- How far along is the disease in terms of its progression?
- What should you expect in the future?
- Find support. With any significant diagnosis, questions and emotions will arise and decisions will need to be made, all in the midst of uncertainty. Finding support will be critical. Every June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and support networks across the health care, legal, and Alzheimer’s advocacy communities are waiting to help.
The nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego is a leading participant in the June public awareness campaign. This organization offers a Helpline (858.492.4400) for information, referrals and care consultations, as well as programs and services near you.
- Plan Ahead. Learning about Alzheimer’s Disease and securing support is crucial to coping with a positive diagnosis. There is, however, more to consider than just health care needs. Financial and legal planning will be of the utmost importance as both medical and financial decisions will need to be made on behalf of the Alzheimer’s patient during the later stages of the disease. A durable power of attorney is one solution, but other estate planning and long-term care planning items may also be needed.
We know this blog may raise more questions than it answers for you. If you or someone you know would like more information or perhaps guidance on related legal matters, we encourage you to schedule a meeting with us today.