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Getting Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s: What to Expect

Senior talks to doctor after alzheimers diagnosis

If you or a loved one has received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it can feel scary. It’s an overwhelming diagnosis and finding the right care and resources can be difficult. Wondering what to expect after an Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis can help.

To learn about Baptist Retirement Community’s senior memory care, call 325.313.7931 today. Senior memory care can help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia maintain a life with dignity.

What Is an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis?

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is the identification of Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disorder that impacts memory, thinking, and behavior. It often starts with mild memory loss and can eventually lead to severe cognitive impairment, including the inability to carry on a conversation or respond to environmental cues.

There is no single definitive test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, doctors use a combination of methods, such as:

  • Physical examinations
  • Neurological exams
  • Mental status tests
  • Sometimes brain imaging

A specialist may also assess your cognitive abilities using tests known as cognitive assessments.

It’s important to note that while doctors can diagnose “possible Alzheimer’s dementia,” “probable Alzheimer’s dementia,” or some other problem causing memory complaints, the only way to confirm the presence of Alzheimer’s disease is through postmortem examination of brain tissue.

What to Expect after an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be emotionally challenging for both the individual diagnosed and their loved ones. However, knowing what to expect can help manage the disease and plan for the future.

Firstly, it’s crucial to understand that Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning symptoms will worsen over time. These may include:

  • Increasing memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty in performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with language
  • Changes in personality and behavior

Secondly, there will be a need for ongoing medical care to manage symptoms, slow disease progression, and address any health issues that may arise. This may involve medications, non-drug treatments, and lifestyle modifications.

Lastly, planning for the future becomes critical after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. This includes discussing care preferences, exploring long-term care options, and addressing financial and legal matters.

Benefits of Memory Care

One of the most effective ways to support someone with Alzheimer’s disease is through a memory care program. Memory care is a specialized type of senior care tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

At Baptist Retirement Community, our memory care program offers various benefits:

  • A secure, safe environment that reduces anxiety
  • Structured activities that promote engagement and socialization
  • Nurturing caregivers who provide emotional support
  • 24/7 medical services to ensure physical health and well-being
  • Specialized diets and nutrition plans tailored to meet individual needs

Our staff is specially trained in dementia care, providing personalized care plans that cater to each resident’s unique needs and preferences. We focus on maintaining a high quality of life for our residents, emphasizing dignity, respect, and independence.

In addition, we offer therapeutic activities designed to stimulate cognition, promote physical health, and encourage social interaction. These can include music therapy, art therapy, physical exercise, and group activities.

Call Baptist Retirement Community Now

We provide support for families, offering education about Alzheimer’s disease, guidance on how to communicate with a loved one with Alzheimer’s and resources for coping with caregiver stress.

While an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be daunting, understanding the diagnosis process and what to expect afterward can help individuals and their families navigate this journey. At Baptist Retirement Community, we’re here to provide the support and care needed every step of the way. Contact us at 325.313.7931 today.