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Through the Looking Glass with Alzheimer's

Posted Oct 18 2009 12:00am
Life goes on for the caregiver and sufferer through the looking glass.

The dread diagnosis of Alzheimer’s does not mean your life is over. You can still live a happy life, but you will need to make  changes and accept that  some things will be more difficult and very different.
  • Try to live a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, excersize, and getting enough sleep. This will help your brains to function at their best.
  • Look after your emotional well-being by seeing friends and family, a counselor, joining a support group, or starting a journal or blog.
  • Both of you will experience a range of  thoughts and emotions as you come to terms with the diagnosis - denial, anger, frustration, depression. It's  important to acknowledge and deal with these emotions.
  • Speak with your friends and family and neighbors and let them know how they can help. Keep them informed as things progress.  Set up some form of respite.
  • Try to keep doing activities that you enjoy and make adjustments to changing abilities.  It can help to stick to a predictable routine. Create easy to follow systems.
  • Hold on to some sense of humor.
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