Three Ways to Find the ALZ Support You Need


Posted by Kia Crawford on June 24th, 2016 in Mind | No Comments

shutterstock_423588130June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and we are doing our part to educate the community
about this disease and what we can do to help. Recently we discussed the history and science behind Alzheimer’s Disease. Those elements are vital; however, another crucial key to fighting Alzheimer’s Disease is to find the support you need in your community.

Both caregivers and those who suffer from this disease need the right resources to help them navigate this difficult journey. We’ve compiled a few ways you can start:

  • Find an online support group.

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease can leave little time for attending support group meetings. However, there are forums online that you can join to find support and advice from other caregivers who can relate to your circumstances. Websites like www.alz.org are great places to look for online chat rooms that offer the information and emotional support you need as you care for your loved one.

Our communities also offer support groups – reach out to your local Dogwood Forest community to find out how you can attend.

  • Do your research. 

They say knowledge is half the battle, and Alzheimer’s Disease is no exception. Take some time to understand exactly what you or your loved one will be dealing with. This disease can be frightening to those who are unsure of what to expect, so do your homework and begin preparing for the changes in your future. There are a lot of great resources out there – www.alzinfo.org, for example, compiles various research studies and offers education online.

  • Find ways to relax and enjoy life.

Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease means dealing with a lot of doctors and specialists, as well as adapting to new routines and habits. This can feel overwhelming to many caregivers, and it’s important to take time for yourself and seek out opportunities to relax and de-stress. Go for a walk, see a movie, or curl up with a good book and allow yourself the chance to regroup.

By utilizing these resources and understanding more about this disease, navigating Alzheimer’s can be more manageable for both caregivers and those diagnosed. Take some time to work on a healthcare plan for you or loved one, and seek out help whenever you need it.

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