Questions to Ask About Those with Alzheimer's

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When you receive the heartbreaking news that your loved one has Alzheimer's the doctor will inevitably ask if you have questions. Of course, you have a million questions, but at that moment your head is spinning, and you will likely draw a blank. Here are six questions you should ask to help you navigate the waters of this new journey with your loved one.

1. What Stage of Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's is broken down into three stages. Your loved one's treatment options and capabilities will depend on which stage they are currently in with this disease. It is important to know where they are to determine what steps you need to take going forward.

2. What Should We Expect?

Knowledge is power. One of the scariest things, as you start down this path, is the fear of the unknown. When you know what to expect, it softens the blow when your loved one starts exhibiting new behaviors, and you can be more prepared as things come along. This information will also help you keep the doctor updated as changes occur.

3. What are the Treatment Options?

The treatment options will depend on many factors including their overall health and their current stage of Alzheimer's. Ask the doctor to explain all of your options and help you weigh the risks and benefits of each to choose the best choice for your loved one. Also ask the doctor how their progress will be monitored throughout their treatment to determine its effectiveness, and what side effects you should be aware of and report to the physician.

4. What Assistance is Necessary?

Depending on where your loved one is in the progression of Alzheimer's, assisted living in an establishment such as Savannah Independent Living may be required. These places provide assistance for your loved one while helping them maintain as much independence as possible. It is important to understand what safety precautions need to be taken to ensure your loved one is safe and getting the proper nourishment.

5. What Legalities Need Addressed?

At some point, it will become necessary to obtain the legal ability to tend to your loved one's financial affairs and make medical decisions for them. It isn't something we like to think about, but it is best to make a plan as soon as possible, so when the time comes you will have everything you need in order. The doctor can assist you in obtaining the proper paperwork and guide you through the process.

6. What Support is Available?

The journey through Alzheimer's is a difficult one not only for the patient but the family and caregivers as well. Connect with local support groups and online resources to stay plugged into others who are going through this or have been through it. There is a multitude of resources available such as support groups through places like The Marshes' Savannah Independent Living that offer ways for your loved one to stay engaged in their favorite hobbies and activities. Staying active and maintaining as much of their independence as possible goes a long way in preserving the quality of life of your loved one.

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