About this booklet
Do you have questions about Alzheimer’s disease? Please read this booklet. It tells you about:
- Alzheimer’s disease (pronounced Allz-high-merz di-zeez)
- The signs of Alzheimer’s disease
- Why it is so important to see your doctor early
- Treatment for the disease
- How to get help if you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease
Family members can help you plan for your care.
“I have Alzheimer’s disease. It took me a long time before I could even say the words. When the doctor first told me, I felt like my life was over. And for a while, I did get very depressed. But, my doctor told me about medicine I could take. She said it would slow down my memory loss for a while. I know it’s not a cure. Still, it feels good to do something. Also, my family has been wonderful. They are helping me plan for the care I’ll need. I have decided to take each day as it comes. I want to live my life as fully as I can.”
You may have lots of questions about Alzheimer’s disease.
“I have friends whose parents have Alzheimer’s disease. I never thought it would happen to someone in my family. It catches you by surprise. It takes some time to figure out what you need to do. Mostly, I was upset and worried. I had so many questions. What is Alzheimer’s disease? Can it be treated? How is the disease going to affect my father? Will I be able to care for him? Where can I go for help?”