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Esther Heerema, MSW

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness/Family Caregiver Month

By November 1, 2012

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Know someone with Alzheimer's Disease? Are you an Alzheimer's caregiver? Have you or a family member been diagnosed recently with Alzheimer's?

Chances are, you answered yes to at least one of those questions. There are ripple effects when Alzheimer's strikes, and according to the Alzheimer's Association, that happens every 7 seconds in the United States, resulting in over 5.4 million Americans with the disease.

If you're wrestling with a recent diagnosis for yourself or a loved one and are wondering what to do next, consider the following five articles as a place to start.

How to Cope with Alzheimer's Disease

Letter from an Individual with Alzheimer's

Legal and Financial Matters in Alzheimer's

What to Expect in the Early Stages of Dementia

10 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself if You Have Alzheimer's

If you're a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, you likely will face some unique challenges and struggles. At the same time, many of you have shared that you feel it's an honor and privilege to be in that role. Those two feelings- the challenging times and the privilege aspect- aren't mutually exclusive of each other. In fact, they often go hand-in-hand. The stretching of you as a person and the sometimes unexpected joys can be rewarding, rich and even sacred at times.

Resources for Caregivers

How to Maintain a Healthy Relationship with a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer's

What Not to Do to People with Alzheimer's: 10 Pet Peeves

How Can Support Groups Help Dementia Caregivers?

10 Things to Stop Doing if You're a Caregiver for Someone with Alzheimer's

7 Signs of Caregiver Overload

You are also welcome to stop by our forum to chat or just listen in on some thoughts from others who may be in a similar situation.

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