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What is the next step after receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis?

Status: Open    Jan 02, 2015 - 02:48 AM


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Feb 25, 2015 - 02:26 PM

After my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I went into research mode.

- I read books about the progression and the care needs -

- I joined a support group that was very informative -

- I learned a lot on line from different articles on dementia -

- I went to symposiums on Alzheimer’s at a research university local to me

- I spoke with the my dad’s clergy to discuss the road ahead and how to pull in help

- I reviewed my parents long term care insurance together with them

- I arranged Powers of Attorney and reviewed dad’s will and living trust with his lawyer

- I met with dad’s financial planner and moved assets to safer investments

- I gathered all of dads military records -

- And I spoke with a Senior Living Advisor at A Place For Mom in Phoenix who helped me research places dad could go when things got worse. Each place I toured had a wealth of information to share too.

Over time, all of these resources came to play and were very helpful as our family dealt with this challenge.

Dad has been gone a few years now but we weathered the storm together as a loving family.

May you be blessed with the grace we had.



Feb 01, 2015 - 01:37 AM

Get a list from the neurologist of all support systems in the area. Also see an Elder care attorney asap and get power of attorney.
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