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Can someone with early-onset Alzheimer's live at home?


Question: My wife has early-onset Alzheimer's and is residing in the Alzheimer's unit at Brighton Gardens Senior Living Facility. She wants to come home. How can I determine if she is a candidate for home care?

Dr Amy: It’s completely understandable that your wife wants to be with you at home. The best way to find out of this is possible is to arrange for a professional assessment from a geriatric care manager or her doctor.

When making plans, it's important to keep in mind that Alzheimer's is a progressive disease and that even if she is able to live at home today, she may need more care than you can give her at home, at some point. If you work with a geriatric care manager, he or she can help you plan for today as well as for the future. The Alzheimer’s Association has a lot of excellent information on what to expect.

I am sure this diagnosis must be a tremendous shock to you and your families. I encourage you to reach out for support on your journey. You can find out about support groups in your area when you visit the Alzheimer's Association website. In the 'olden days' people worked together more and had more natural opportunities in daily life to share challenges and receive support. This is less true today, which is why support groups are so important. I think you may find talking with people who face the same challenges can be very comforting. I send you strength for the next phase of your journey.



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