Advance planning and preparation can make a world of difference in quality of life and peace of mind following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. When first diagnosed, taking the following steps can help before the disease progresses:
- Treatment Planning. Talk with the doctor about treatment options, determine the most appropriate individual to serve as your healthcare proxy, and be sure to develop a living will.
- Care Planning. Research local home care agencies if you prefer to remain at home. Build a care team of family, friends, and medical professionals to alleviate stress, ensuring that help will be available when needed.
- Financial Planning. Meet with both an attorney and financial planner, and look into care payment sources, such as veteran benefits, long-term care insurance policies, and government assistance.
Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Living a healthy lifestyle may improve cognitive functioning and perhaps delay the progression of the disease. Try incorporating these into your daily routine:
- Exercise: Even something as simple as taking a walk each day can have tremendous benefits.
- Stress Relief: Try deep breathing, meditation, or other relaxation techniques, journaling, painting or drawing.
- Healthy Diet: Five small meals a day are recommended over three large ones, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and dairy, and unsaturated fats.
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