As researchers study more about the Alzheimer’s disease and how it can more effectively be treated, WebMD says one of the best ways to counteract it is to try and maintain as normal a life as possible.
To help, the health information website offers a few suggestions.
One of the most common things people recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's worry about is how they can effectively counteract memory issues. One way, according to the source, is to keep a notebook handy and to jot down important information, such as emergency numbers, names, addresses and directions to destinations frequently traveled to. The notebook can then be consulted whenever one needs to jog their memory.
Another way to maintain a normal life is to start each day with a plan of action. This may include finding things to do that can be done safely on one's own, performing tasks during times of the day when work is normally conducted and pacing oneself, WebMD advises.
Experts also recommend asking trusted friends or family members to join in an excursion, always remembering to take directions - even if familiar with the destination - and not being afraid to ask for help from someone who lives in the area.
Maintaining a normal life is best reflected by taking care of oneself at home. While the effects of the disease may prevent this over time, WebMD says certain precautions can be put into place early on so that self care can be performed for as long as possible. This includes keeping emergency phone numbers and addresses by the phone, asking a neighbor to keep a spare set of house keys, organizing the home as neatly as possible so items can be find easily and having a friend check at the end of the day to make sure everything is OK.
As for financial responsibilities, WebMD advises individuals to make arrangements so that certain tasks won't be missed. This may include altering accounts so that automated payments for certain services are performed and having Social Security benefits or retirement pensions directly deposited into a checking or savings account.