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First steps for families

When someone has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, the news may be upsetting for both the individual and those who care about him. Most likely you have been worried about the changes you have been seeing him and you may also be anxious about the future.

However, an important first step has already been taken: getting a diagnosis. If you are the primary caregiver or an involved family member, there are things you can do right now that might make life a little easier. This information can help.

Recognize that you are going through a variety of emotions

Learn about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

Recognize that the disease affects a person's abilities

Don't lose sight of the person

Explore treatment options

Recognize that caregiving can take its tollr

Seek out help

Develop a support network

Plan for the future

Know that the Alzheimer Society is here to help

The Society can help by:

  • Giving you information you need to learn more about the disease, caregiving and coping strategies.
  • Providing support whether with a telephone counsellor or a support group.
  • Registering the person with the disease with our MedicAlert ® Safely Home ® rogram to assist emergency responders to identify the person who is lost and bring the family back together.
  • Locating services in your community.

The Alzheimer Society has information and support programs. For more information, contact your localAlzheimer Society.

[This information is also available in a brochure from your local Alzheimer Society or you can download the brochure from this site]