If you are concerned about a family member or loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, please visit the resources below.
Living with Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult struggle, but there are ways to help:
- Remember that Alzheimer’s doesn’t change who the person is.
- The sufferer will need help but it’s also important to help him or her remain independent as much as desired and/or able.
- Help the patient stay engaged and active by participating in meaningful activities.
- Be patient and show you care.
More information: 10 Ways to Help a Family Living with Alzheimer’s
If you are wondering whether a family member or close friend is exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s, please view this resource: What are the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease?
Are You Also at Risk?
Many family members may wonder if they are more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease following a family member’s diagnosis. In fact, having a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s does raise your risk level, but not by a tremendous amount. For a typical 65-year old, the risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is 2% per year. Given that a family member has been diagnosed, that risk increases to 2.6%.
Source: Harvard Men’s Health Watch