Now What? 6 Steps After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Published Thursday, June 21, 2018

Has your loved one been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia?

If so, all of a sudden, you probably have a lot on your plate…. Maybe you have been putting off making financial and legal plans for the future. Perhaps you are rethinking your living situation.

Here are first steps you may want to take after a diagnosis:

  1. Contact an elder care attorney to discuss your financial planning and need for a power of attorney, will, and advanced directives.
  2. Connect your loved one to proper medical care, including a gerontologist and a neurological team.
  3. Evaluate your home environment to ensure safety for your loved one.
  4. Be proactive and prepared for behavioral changes.
  5. Speak with your support system – family, friends, and neighbors
  6. Explore local resources

WJCS is here to help.

WJCS offers free care consultations to family and friends whose lives have been changed by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Caregivers play a significant role from the moment of diagnosis, and often do not receive the vital support they need to best care for their loved one.

For more information and to arrange for a free consultation please contact:

Gillian Rittmaster, LMSW

914-761-0600 ext. 142

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