November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – and for many just getting the diagnosis triggers emotions which can cloud the path towards managing the disease. So, what can be done – and especially in the first week after a diagnosis?
As a team focused on the mental healthcare needs of the elderly, we are sensitive to how fast one’s life changes when faced with Alzheimer’s. While Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, there are many things that happen soon after a diagnosis, for the patient, the caregivers, and the extended family alike. For many, the most difficult step is knowing what to do first. There are so many great resources out there, but it can be hard to know what to do first.
So, what are three things all affected parties can do in the first week after a diagnosis?
Alongside these important activities, all parties can also consult a number of great resources for further information in the first week after a diagnosis: