Dementia can create repercussions for everyone within a family and one’s circle of friends – who all come to be “living with dementia.” While this can feel like an isolating and helpless situation, in truth, the diagnosed and their loved ones do have access to powerful tools to help them build and adapt to their “new normal.” Welcome to your opportunity to learn.
FREE DOWNLOAD: Guide to Living with Dementia
Rather than provide you with medical information, this guide offers sensible, realistic, no-nonsense help. Here you will find practical tips that can be put into everyday action. You’ll find handy resources for real-life dilemmas and information you can depend on and make the most of – for your particular family and your particular situation.
First, let’s be clear on these 4 points:
- As with any chronic condition, the progression of dementia can’t be neatly broken into discrete points. This means one may not personally experience some of the symptoms.
- Changes caused by dementia occur differently for each individual. There is no set pattern to anticipate.
- The symptoms referenced within this guide as early (mild), middle (moderate), and late (severe) stage dementia are not absolute indicators of that particular stage. For instance, if a diagnosis is early dementia but symptoms relate to those listed as middle stage, this does not mean the condition has progressed.
- Be sure to consult your physician if you have questions or concerns about a diagnosis. Let your physician know about any changes; simple medication or lifestyle adjustments can make a big difference.
Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures
A 2013 report from the Alzheimer’s Association provides statistics about Alzheimer’s and dementia in the United States. View the report (PDF) here. http://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2013.pdf
Now What? A Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and the Legal Issues that Require Prompt Attention
The Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association wrote a guide that address legal issues families should address when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. View the free resource (PDF) here.
Understanding Dementia and Driving
The guidebook At the Crossroads: Family Conversation about Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia & Driving helps families determine when it’s time for loved ones with dementia to transition from driver to passenger. View this webpage for further information and at the bottom of the page download or order the booklet: http://www.thehartford.com/mature-market-excellence/dementia-driving
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