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7 Things You Should Do If You Just Got an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

It’s not easy hearing a doctor say the words “Alzheimer’s disease.” Whether you or your loved one has gotten the diagnosis, you’re likely filled with a mixture of worry and confusion, and your doctor may or may not be able to give you guidelines for what your next steps should be. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory and thinking skills, though the rate of progression and specific symptoms can vary from person to person. If the disease hasn’t progressed very far at the time of diagnosis, it may not be obvious what you and your loved ones should do to start making sense of the disease and preparing for the future. But now is the right time to start asking the tough questions and making plans.

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