Learning About Alzheimer’s

Finding out that a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating. By learning more about the disease affecting your family member or friend, you can be better prepared to help. Fortunately, there are many resources that can aid you in your search for information.

An organization offering a good deal of research and information is the Alzheimer’s Association. The association is dedicated to helping people with Alzheimer’s, as well as their family members. The Alzheimer’s Association offers local chapters where individuals can find needed support. A 24-hour help line is provided. To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association, visit www.alz.org.

The website offers a diversity of resources for anyone who wants to learn more about this disease. There are a variety of other websites offering information about symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and how to speak with your loved one’s doctor if you suspect that he or she might be suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Many websites even provide information on how to care for your loved one if he or she suffers from Alzheimer’s.

The local library is another place where people can go to learn more about how to care for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Most libraries have a collection of books discussing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Health magazines and professional journals are other excellent sources available at almost any local library or college library.

One of the best resources for learning about Alzheimer’s is your loved one’s own physician. The physician will be able to discuss with you the affects of Alzheimer’s disease. A number of health care professionals involved in your loved one’s care will help you to learn what you can expect to experience in regard to your family member’s illness. They will help you to learn what steps you must take in order to care properly for your loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Physicians also can aid you in deciding what living arrangements are best for your family member. If the individual is going to be cared for in a home setting, doctors can tell you what you need to do to help ensure the safety of the Alzheimer’s patient. They can help you to decide in advance what factors could impact your decision to enter your loved one into an assisted living facility. Regrettably, the day might come when you and your family are no longer able to safely care for the person with Alzheimer’s disease at home.

The doctor treating the Alzheimer’s patient often will put you in contact with organizations that can help. You can obtain information from the hospital on how to locate home health nurses and aides to assist with daily activities of living. Social workers at area hospitals can be of further assistance. They generally are able to put you into contact with many human services and community agencies and programs that can help. For example, a social worker may suggest contacting a local Meals on Wheels program so that you can ensure a healthy and safe meal for your loved one. The important thing is not to be afraid to ask for help. It helps to know that there really is help available to you and your family member.