I Received a Diagnosis...Now What?

Now that you’ve received a diagnosis, you’re probably experiencing a number of different feelings such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, or even relief. You may also be struggling with the idea that you have an irreversible illness, yet you don’t feel sick. These are all normal reactions! It can often be helpful to talk about what you’re feeling and thinking rather than to keep things bottled up inside. In addition to talking with people who are close to you, you can contact our 24-hour Helpline at (646) 744-2900…we’re always here to listen. Click here for our contact information. To access info [...]

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I'm Worried About My Memory

Experiencing changes in your memory can be frustrating and scary. We encourage you to speak with a trusted family member, friend or a healthcare professional if you are having concerns about your memory. By clicking on the topics below, you can access information about Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias and how to go about getting an evaluation.     For more information, please call our 24-hr Helpline at (646) 744-2900. [...]

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More Information

Books Of Interest Living Your Best With Early Stage Alzheimer’s: An Essential Guide Author: Lisa Snyder, MSW, LCSWA practical guide on coping with the diagnosis, effectively managing symptoms, finding meaningful activities, planning for the future, maintaining hope and humor, participating in research, and much more. This book provides invaluable wisdom and tips from people with Alzheimer’s and is a must-read for individuals with early Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Sunrise River Press, North Branch, Minnesota Copies of the book are available by contacting Sunrise River Press (phone: 651-27 [...]

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Treatment & Medications

Treatment Science is currently working towards better treatments for the different types of dementia, but at the present time prevention or a cure remains elusive. There are, however, medications available that are prescribed to treat the symptoms of early dementia including memory loss, confusion and disorientation. Some people are helped by taking these medications while others are not. It’s important that you talk with your doctor about the benefits and possible side effects before you make the decision to start treatment. Medications One class of medicines used in Alzheimer’s disease is ca [...]

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Legal & Financial Planning

Now that you’ve received a diagnosis, you should start thinking about planning for the future if you haven’t already. Taking the time to make decisions about matters that will affect your health care and your finances when you can no longer manage them is one of the most important steps you can take for yourself and your family. There are a number of legal and financial documents that will help you formalize your plans and wishes such as: Durable Power of Attorney In this document you appoint a person you trust to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf, if you become unable to do so [...]

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