All too often, people are diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s or other dementias, then sent home with little advice on what to do next. Although many of their capabilities are still retained, their cognitive problems can affect their social and family lives and make it difficult to work or volunteer. Unless they live in an area that has early stage support groups, there are few resources available to them to help with these issues.
Mike Donohue, a blogger diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago, participated recently in a panel discussion addressing early stage needs. He and other panelists presented concrete recommendations for resources they feel should be available:
- First Stop Programs: A place where patients just diagnosed can come and learn how they and their families can deal with AD (Alzheimer’s disease) from those of us with it.