Taking Care of Yourself
If you have Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to
understand that your life is not over. Living with Alzheimer’s
means dealing with some life changes sooner than you had
You can live a meaningful and productive life by taking care
of your physical and emotional health, by engaging in
activities you enjoy and by spending time with family and
Caring for Your Physical
Caring for your physical health can improve the quality of
your life for years to come.
Get regular checkups.
Take your medication.
Eat healthy foods.
Exercise every day.
Rest when you are tired.
Drink less alcohol.
Coping with your feelings
After receiving a diagnosis, you may experience a range of
denial about having dementia
fear of losing people important to you
loneliness because no one seems to understand what
you are going through
frustration with not making yourself understood
loss of the way you used to see yourself
depression or anger about the way your life is
The feelings you may be experiencing are normal. But it is
important to find ways to deal with those feelings. The
following suggestions may help you take care of your emotional
Write in a journal about your experiences and
Join a support group. To find one in your area,
check with your local
Alzheimer's Association office.
Talk to your physician, who can determine if there
is an appropriate treatment.
See a counselor.
Talk to a clergy member or other person who can help
with your spiritual needs.
Share your feelings with your friends and
Do the activities you enjoy as long as you are