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Living with memory lossLiving with memory loss

 

Living with a memory or cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s or other dementia can be a journey of worry, frustration and fear of the future. However, with planning and support, you can live each day to its fullest.

Helpful tips for planning and support:

At the first signs of memory difficulties, talk to your doctor about these concerns. You may also want to consult a geriatric specialist or memory assessment clinic to get a thorough cognitive evaluation. A thorough evaluation is important so you understand the course of the illness and appropriate treatment options.

Learning about your diagnosis and how to maintain your abilities and manage symptoms can help you make informed decisions, prepare for the future, and enhance your quality of life. Educational programs and support groups through the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin can provide you with the information you need.

It is important to continue your usual routine as much as possible and stay involved with your interests, friends, and community. If you make adaptations to accommodate your changing needs and to provide a safe and supportive environment, you should be able to continue your favorite activities.

Trying to deal with cognitive changes all by yourself can exhaust you and could have a negative impact on your functioning, health and well-being. The support of family and friends and your involvement with outside resources can be an enormous help. Ask for and accept help from friends, family, neighbors, and your faith community. Use community services available to you such as in-home care, adult day services, and financial assistance.

Maintaining your health and well-being may improve your ability to function in daily life. Stay physically active and find ways to manage your stress. Try to focus on what you are doing well. Include fun, laughter and opportunities to learn new things and socialize with others each day.

If you have additional questions or are in need of support, the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is here to offer such help! Call us at 608.232.3400, 888.308.6251, or send us an email.

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