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.
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
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