A memory disorder diagnosis can often seem overwhelming. Whether you are living with a diagnosis, or caring for someone with a memory disorder, there are many variables to consider when planning for the future.
Sarah Harlock, Program Director for the DENT Integrative Center for Memory, shared five important initials steps to take after receiving a memory disorder diagnosis.
Gather important documentation.
Power of Attorney
Health Care Proxy or MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment)
Veterans Discharge papers etc.,
Get some information about the diagnosis. You do not need to learn everything about the illness but have a sense of the types of challenges you may be faced with.
Learn more about supportive services that are available such as community based programs, health services, and levels of care. Gather information to determine costs and how one enrolls in these services.
Make a plan (nothing is written in stone,) just create an outline of services you think you might like to try when necessary.
Breathe! You have to learn to live with this diagnosis, and there is a lot of living still to do
While there are many other steps to take and adjustments you may need to consider, completing these initial steps will help you and your care partner begin planning for challenges that may arise in the future.
For more details about programs and services, questions about making a plan, or more information about cognitive changes, please contact Sarah Harlock, Program Director for the DENT Integrative Center for Memory, at 716-250-2000, ext. 1107.