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What do family members need to remember when a relative gets an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses what family members should remember when a relative gets an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

People with early Alzheimer's disease are still of value. They can still do things. Sometimes, as soon as the diagnosis is made, everybody around them thinks, “Well, you know, they can’t do it anymore.” That’s not true. They’re not wrong about everything. They remember some things better than their family members might remember them. 

A few years ago I attended a town hall meeting where only people with early Alzheimer's disease could talk. Nobody else was allowed to speak. It was so informative. A man who was a plumber said, “You know, I can still do my job. I can still do it well.” He said, “I’m having a terrible time driving and remembering where I am, but when I get to the job, I’m as good a plumber as I ever was and it’s not my fault that I got this disease. So just get me to the job and I can still work.”

    Source: Larry Lawhorne, MD, Wright State Physicians; National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association