Many people with Alzheimer's disease and their families don't consult their physicians to get a diagnosis. Yet getting a diagnosis as early as possible is critically important to helping people with Alzheimer's and their families cope with this disease.
In a recently published brochure, "Steps to Getting a Diagnosis: Finding Out if it's Alzheimer's disease," Alzheimer's Association gives step-by-step instructions to families on how to prepare for and understand the diagnosis, and what role they play in securing a diagnosis.
- "Steps to Getting a Diagnosis" is the first in a series of publications designed to help families better understand the realities of Alzheimer's disease.
Other recent publications include:
- "Steps to Planning Activities: Structuring the Day at Home," which offers tips on making everyday activities pleasant and structuring the day for the person with Alzheimer's disease.
- "Steps to Enhancing Communication: Interacting with Persons with Alzheimer's Disease," teaches the caregiver how to listen and communicate with a person with Alzheimer's disease, verbally and nonverbally.
- "Steps to Understanding Challenging Behaviors: Responding to Persons with Alzheimer's disease," provides guidance to the caregiver on how to cope with a loved one when he or she becomes agitated or displays difficult behaviors.
- "Steps to Enhancing Your Home: Modifying the Environment," provides simple steps to making the home environment safe and supportive for the person with Alzheimer's.
- "Steps to Understanding Legal Issues: Planning for the Future," gives tips on handling legal issues for the person with Alzheimer's disease, such as power of attorney, living will and trusts, guardianships, etc.
To request a free copy of any of these newly published materials, call Alzheimer's Association at 301-797-4892.