The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center publishes an annual Directory of Local Resources that provides information for local and national resources for families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
To receive a copy, contact us at (318) 656-4800 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may view the directory by using the link below.
What to do When Diagnosed
Needs & Goals
Plan for your immediate and future healthcare needs and financial goals. Choose someone you trust to openly discuss these matters.
Discuss with your family who will assume the role as your main caregiver. This may be a spouse, your child, or a friend.
Determine your financial needs and goals and seek financial planning.
Educate yourself and your family on the challenges that come with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Determine your healthcare wishes and seek legal counsel to set up a Living will and Durable Power of Attorney.
Family & Friends
Keep trusted family and friends in the loop. No matter how strong and healthy caregivers are perceived to be, they must have time to care for themselves. Ask for Help! Join a support group! Look into respite care offerings.
Discuss with family and friends who would be able to assume the caregiver role in case your main caregiver becomes ill or unable to care for you.
Get registered with your local Sheriffs Operation Safeguard (S.O.S.) Program.
Each person advances through the stages of Alzheimer’s differently. Change can occur rapidly, and no one knows when or if a person may wander or become lost!
Be informed. Refer to the references provided in this directory including books, websites, and other services that will keep you informed on the latest updates in Alzheimer’s research and care.
Active & Engaged
As you age, it’s important to keep yourself active and engaged. Even a slight change in otherwise routine activities can make you think in a different way.