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You’re diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Now what?

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Good for you. You were brave enough to get tested, and your courage will pay off bigtime. Not only will you be able to stay in control of your decision-making process, you will also be minimizing risk of accidents to yourself and others.

Your quality of life going forward will have everything to do with planning ahead. If you haven’t done so already, work with an elder law attorney to draft legal and important documents. Be sure to ask your attorney when you will be cut off from signing legal documents. The documents to create include:

  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Finances
  • Advance Directives / Living Will
  • Guardianship (for yourself as well as dependents)
  • Will
  • Living Trust

Did you know that you can add an “Alzheimer’s provision” to your living will? Ask the following questions; then put your answers in writing:

  • Where do I want to live?
  • What are my preferences about care?
  • Do I want to participate in drug trials?
  • Who makes decisions in my behalf?

Alzheimer’s: Not a prescription to stop living.

People who are living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease are pushing back on biases: writing books; giving speeches; raising funds for dementia organizations; creating blogs; engaging social media outlets; and producing videos, among other communication activities.

If you are newly diagnosed, I am hoping that a goal of yours includes sharing experiences as a way to educate and enlighten the rest of us who have no clue what you may be dealing with on a day-to-day basis.

Looking for further inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board, “Early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease” for innovative ideas on living with dementia (www.pinterest.com/joyloverde).

Staying engaged in an active lifestyle also means doing things for yourself — like getting dressed – for as long as possible. Adaptive clothing for people who are living with dementia will help you accomplish this important goal. For example, the challenges of buttoning a shirt, tying a shoe lace, and adjusting clothing once they are on are eliminated with easy-touch design, magnets, and VELCRO® brand closures.

Dressing can be a snap. And who doesn’t feel better and more attractive after they get themselves dressed for the day?

Did you like this article? Do you want to learn more about the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Click here to find out more from Ariel Franklin in her article”What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia”

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Joy Loverde is the author of the best-seller, The Complete Eldercare Planner (Random House, 2009) and Who Will Take Care Of Me When I Am Old? (Da Capo, 2017). Joy’s media credits include the Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, and National Public Radio among many others. Joy also serves as a mature-market consultant and spokesperson for manufacturers, corporations, law firms, financial institutions, insurance, associations, healthcare organizations, senior housing, and other members of the fast-growing eldercare industry.

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