A loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Now what?

A loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Now what?
It is estimated that about five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and about 360,000 people are newly diagnosed every year (Alzheimer’s Foundation of America). Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia can be devastating news to the individual and their family. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the physical and mental demands on the caregiver can gradually become overwhelming. Usually, as time progresses more supervision and assistance is needed, often to the point where the care needed exceeds the caregiver’s capacity. It is at this point that many families will be faced with the difficult decision whether to place their loved one in a long term care setting. It is a difficult and emotional task that even in the best of circumstances can be a wrenching decision for the entire family. The goal of this article is provides some suggestions on what you should do if you are faced with that decision. Continue reading