If you hear those words in a relation to the health of a loved one, the world stops and when it starts again, nothing is the same. Fortunately there are many places one can go for information and assistance. Some of these resources include The Alzheimer’s Association, Memory Care Communities in your area, and even, the government.
The first place people think of looking is the Alzheimer’s Association which is a tremendous resource. They have information available to the public and have additional resources and classes to which they can refer. The best way to gain information is to either visit their website, which is www.alz.org or call them directly at 1-800-272-3900.
One resource no one thinks of is the government. Recently, the Social Security Commissioner, Michael J. Astrue announced the Social Security Administration is adding 38 additional conditions to its list of Compassionate Allowances. This is the first time they have added to the list since its inception in October 2008. The addition of these conditions allows those Americans affected with early-onset Alzheimer’s can now be approved for benefits in a matter of days rather than months or years. As the President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Harry Johns said, “The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s indicates significant cognitive impairment that interferes with daily living activities, including the ability to work. Now, individuals who are dealing with the enormous challenges of Alzheimer’s won’t also have to endure the financial and emotional toll of a long disability decision process.”
Additional resources in your area include the Assisted Living communities that specialize in Memory Care. Many of the employees in these communities go through extensive training and can become certified through the Alzheimer’s Association. These employees become extended family members and are full of knowledge, not only of the disease, but of the resident themselves. Alzheimer’s Support Groups can be a wealth of information. These groups tend to meet monthly and should be facilitated by industry professionals trained in Alzheimer’s and Dementia. These meetings are comprised of those people who have family members afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In these groups, people learn about the disease and what to expect. They also discuss how they are reacting and how they can help their loved one.