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.
Do your best to empathize
Living with Alzheimer’s disease is a very difficult struggle, but there are a few things you can do to help:
- Remember that this doesn’t change who they are.
- They will need help, but it’s also important to help them to be independent as much as they are comfortable with.
- Help them stay engaged and active by participating in meaningful activities.
- Be patient with them and show them 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 see 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