6 Tips to Make Life Easier When You Have Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that makes a person lose their cognitive abilities, altering daily functioning and leading to various levels of physical and emotional stress. Following an Alzheimer's diagnosis, a lot of things can go through your mind. You'll need some time to sort through your thoughts. After your mind has settled down, you'll need to learn how you can improve your life while living with Alzheimer's. To help you out, we've put together some tips that will make your life easier, based on information from the Alzheimer's Association: MORE: Did you know that Alzheimer's risk may be reduced by regular exercise and a healthy diet? 1. Be realistic, set goals and focus on what you can do everyday. Don't try too hard or try to do something you don't feel like, which may end up being harmful. Go at your own pace. Some tasks may become too difficult for you to complete even with reminder aids. Don't feel bad about asking for help; your friends and family are there for you. 2. Create your own daily routine. Your life will change but that doesn't mean you will stop doing everything you used to. To keep track of everything you need to do, plan ahead. Get on a schedule and organize your days--it'll help you reduce the time you spend figuring out what needs to be done and when. 3. Learn what stresses you out. Stress is always going to be around, and even though some can't be prevented or avoided, we can change some parts of our lives in order to feel more relaxed. Learn what triggers your anxiety, worry or stress, and try to change it. Knowing what causes stress allows you to make plans in advance or decisions about the type of activities/tasks you choose to participate in. MORE: Is it possible to treat Al
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  1. Rich Webb says:

    I have Alzheimers. I was “officially” notified that I had the disease after I had an MRE (a radiological brain scan). That was 2 years ago. So far the disease has progressed slowly.
    I can still drive a car without any trouble and my reflexes have not diminished. I also can do word games & crossword puzzles (using my dictionary). I have been in therapy off & on for several years, for other reasons, but now the subject of living with Alzheimer’s is the main topic between my therapist & I. It really does help to talk with someone other than my wife. It’s not that my wife doesn’t care or doesn’t know what I’m going thru, but I think she’s too close to the situation to fully
    understand what this disease can and is doing to me. I love her
    very much and she is a big help by not bringing up the subject of this disease unless I mention the subject.
    I don’t know how much time I have left on this big rock “Earth”, but I am great full for each day that I have

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