Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful and scary. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning it cannot be reversed or cured. However, some medications available today can help alleviate symptoms for some patients in earlier stages of the disease.
Understanding what to expect can help individuals adjust to living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s News Today offers the following helpful tips:
- As tasks become more difficult, don’t try to do everything on your own or at a pace you may have been accustomed to. Don’t be afraid to go slower, or to ask for help.
- You don’t need to discontinue things you enjoy doing, but plan ahead by making sure to prepare a clear schedule of these activities for yourself.
- Try to notice what activities trigger stress or anxiety and see if you can make changes that reduce this stress, or find help or support for these tasks.
- Be gentle with yourself and don’t expect to be able to everything exactly the way you may be used to doing. Give yourself extra time or support whenever it is needed.
- Be open to changing how you approach tasks in order to make things easier. Some adjustments to daily routines may help in reaching goals.
- Remember that you have a support system. Your friends and family are there to help you face challenges and to celebrate your successes with you.
You can learn more by visiting Alzheimer’s News Today.