Feelings of panic are common

But then as symptoms begin to manifest, entertaining the thought of visiting a medical professional for a diagnosis can incite feelings of panic.

However, the value of knowing can put minds at ease and help outline a concrete plan of action. The truth is that while we can postpone reaching out for help, pretending that nothing is wrong will not make it go away. Tackling it head on is the only way.

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1. It will enable you and your husband to hold open and frank discussions on finances, legal issues, and care plans.

2. It will also give him a chance to voice his feelings and wishes on the type of care he would like to receive. The latter is something he may not be able to express once cognitive and communication abilities become severely impaired.

3. Furthermore, knowing in advance will give you time to seek out support and counseling services in the community, as well as “shop around” for programs and activities that can help with physical and cognitive stimulation and provide opportunities for socialization.

4. Much of the fear surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia is not having the right information and tools to deal with the disease. The Internet is a wonderful tool in that it can offer a wealth of information (such as this very website).

5. If you’re finding it all too much, you can contact your local Alzheimer’s Association or Society to speak to a social worker or counselor.

Yes, the road will be long and at times, hard. But living well with Alzheimer’s and dementia is possible. It's done all the time.

Preparing yourself with ample time and resources will ease the load – for you, for your husband, and for the rest of your family.

Turning back the clock on Alzheimer’s is one luxury we do not have. The time is now.

Wishing you both all the best.

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