Every 67 seconds, a person in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease and yet only 45% of those with Alzheimer’s disease report being told of the diagnosis. It can be challenging to determine whether you may be suffering from Alzheimer’s because of the similarity between symptoms and everyday behaviors caused by old age.
But once you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease it’s crucial to take the next steps toward treatment so you can get the help you need.
What do you do after you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?
After you’ve received your diagnosis, begin doing what you can to learn about your disease. The more informed you are about Alzheimer’s disease, the better prepared you’ll be later when the disease progresses.
Your local hospital may have a program to help you better understand Alzheimer’s and dementia and what to expect.
Make sure you stay up to date with your regular doctor appointments. You’ll also want to make regular appointments with a specialist and consider going to see a specialized memory disorders clinic.
Long-term care planning and day-to-day tasks
Once you’ve done some research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, you’ll want to get information to help you with long-term planning. For instance, you may want to update your will, your health care power of attorney, and financial power of attorney.
You’ll also want to learn about any long-term health care you’ll need to plan out your options for paying for medicines, housing, transportation, etc.
It helps to ask friends, family, and neighbors about local services they may know that may be able to help with day-to-day tasks. A compassionate inpatient neuropsychiatric program may also be able to help in certain circumstances.
Through an inpatient neuropsychiatric program, you can undergo occupational therapy, art therapy, and reminiscence therapy to help improve your symptoms.
Looking for compassionate inpatient neuropsychiatric programs?
Psychiatric care is crucial to your overall health. Untreated mental illness and disorders can lead to chronic health conditions, social seclusion, and poor hygiene. One in three seniors dies with dementia or Alzheimer’s, but proper care can help you live a healthier and longer life.
Whether you’re interested in inpatient neuropsychiatric programs, reminiscence therapy, or art therapy, NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals can provide the psychiatric care you need to feel more like yourself again. To learn more about the inpatient neuropsychiatric programs we offer, contact NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals today.