With an astounding 47 million estimated diagnoses throughout the world, including more than 5 million in the U.S. alone, Alzheimer’s disease touches most of us in one way or another. When you or someone you love hears the words, “It’s Alzheimer’s,” it’s important to educate yourself as much as possible to know what to expect and how to best manage the changes to come.
At Visiting Care Giving Services, our aging care experts are proficient in dementia care in O’Fallon, MO and the surrounding areas, and have compiled some of the key facts you’ll need to know to prepare for living with Alzheimer’s.
First, know that an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can trigger a wide range of emotions: anger, fear, loss, isolation, depression, and even relief in knowing the reason behind the symptoms experienced and a definitive path forward to get help. All of these feelings are perfectly normal, and can be managed through such activities as:
Next, familiarize yourself with the stages and what can be expected in each:
Although there is still no cure available for Alzheimer’s, there are several medications that help slow the progression of the disease, as well as the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of treatment options still being tested. The Alzheimer’s Association’s TrialMatch® program can help you find clinical studies in your area.
Find additional helpful information and resources from the Alzheimer’s Association, and contact Visiting Care Giving Services for highly skilled, creative, and compassionate dementia care in O’Fallon, MO and the surrounding areas. We can enable family caregivers to take much-needed breaks from care to protect their own health and wellbeing with professional in-home care services, available for just a few hours each week up through and including full-time, 24/7 care.