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If You Have Alzheimer's Disease

If you have Alzheimer's, knowledge is the key to effectively living with the disease. Learn how to take care of yourself, stay connected, maintain independence, cope with the day-to-day challenges of the disease, and plan for the future.

Coping With Alzheimer's Disease
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease brings many challenges and concerns. Coping includes everything from communication to planning ahead to developing a support network to handling challenging behaviors. Learning how to cope with Alzheimer's can improve the quality of life for both you and your loved ones.

10 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself if You Have Alzheimer's
It's easy to get stuck in habits that aren't really that helpful. Learn how to cope more effectively with the challenges of Alzheimer's or another dementia by reviewing these 10 things to stop doing.

What to Expect in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it can be helpful to know what to expect. Learn about the symptoms, emotions and impending decisions associated with early stage Alzheimer's disease.

What to Expect in the Middle Stages of Alzheimer’s
Learn about some of the symptoms and challenges of mid-stage/moderate Alzheimer's, and how you can respond well to them.

Letter From An Individual With Alzheimer's
This letter is written to those who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. It contains suggestions on how to cope effectively after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

Diabetes, Hypertension and Alzheimer's Disease
If you have Alzheimer's disease, you already know that it's important to eat well, exercise regularly and get adequate rest, but did you know that it's also crucial for you to manage your diabetes and hypertension, if you have them?

Living With Alzheimer's
The key to coping with Alzheimer's is to understand the relationship between your brain and your behavior. Once you understand this relationship, you can approach your diagnosis with compassion and courage. Consider these ten tips your credo for living with Alzheimer's disease.

How do I cope with my feelings about this disease?
If you have Alzheimer's, it's normal to experience a wide range of difficult feelings about your diagnosis. Here are some tips for coping with the emotional challenges of Alzheimer's.

How do I cope with the daily challenges of this disease?
If you have Alzheimer's, your daily challenges will change over time, but there are some steps you can take now to help your days go more smoothly, both today and in the future.

Early-Onset Alzheimer's: Signs, Symptoms, and Diagnosis
About 5% of those with Alzheimer's disease have early-onset Alzheimer's, which affects people younger than age 65. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Coping With Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
Although many of us think of Alzheimer's disease as a condition that mostly affects older people, early-onset Alzheimer's disease actually affects people under the age of 65. Learn about the diagnosis, treatment, and challenges of early-onset Alzheimer's.

Legal Issues and Alzheimer's Disease: Things to Consider
Along with treatment decisions and financial planning, there are legal issues that people with Alzheimer's disease and their families will face along the way. Although it can be difficult to face these issues -- such as establishing power of attorney or creating a will -- it's important to handle them early on. Making sure family affairs are in order can give everyone a little peace of mind.

How to Hire an Elder Law Attorney
If you or your loved one has Alzheimer's disease and legal and financial issues seem overwhelming, hiring an elder law attorney can help everyone in the family make better-informed decisions. However, finding a knowledgeable and trustworthy elder law attorney can become a project in itself. Learn what an elder law attorney does and how to find the right one for your family.

Holistic Approaches to Alzheimer's Disease
A holistic approach links mainstream medical treatments with both herbal supplements and attention to emotional health. Learn more about holistic health care approaches to Alzheimer's disease.

The Dangers of Hip Fractures in Dementia
Learn how prevalent hip fractures are in people with dementia, the prognosis for recovery, and how you can help prevent falls and fractures.

Richard Taylor, Ph.D. - Alzheimer's from the Inside Out
Richard Taylor created this website for those living with Alzheimer's disease. He's lived for five years with a diagnosis of dementia, probably due to Alzheimer's. A former psychologist, he's now "a champion for individuals with early-stage and early-onset Alzheimer's disease."

What Happens Next? A Booklet For Those Just Diagnosed
This booklet was published by the National Institutes of Health and was created by an early-stage support group at Northwestern University's Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago.

Taking Care of Yourself
If you've just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, you might feel that keeping up your physical and emotional health is not worth it. The Alzheimer's Association not only shares why it is paramount that you take care of yourself; the organization also offers several manageable strategies to do so.

Dementia Advocacy and Support Network
DASN International provides Internet-based support groups for those with Alzheimer's or other dementias, advocates for people with dementia, and promotes dementia care based on dignity and respect.

Make Your Voice Heard
The Alzheimer's Association has initiated a nationwide dialogue where people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease can share opinions, join message boards, and attend town hall meetings around the country.

What to Do When You Are Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease
Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is likely a traumatic situation fraught with panic, denial, fear, and other complicated emotions. Having a plan of action can divert your energies towards helpful and useful activities to maximize your quality of life.

ClinicalTrials.gov - The Best Place to Find Research Studies
A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, this database of clinical studies -- including studies about Alzheimer's causes and treatments -- is searchable by disease and geographic location.

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