A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease often leaves a family feeling as if life with their loved one is over. Alzheimer’s is a terminal illness but it’s not uncommon for a person to live for 10 to 20 years beyond the initial diagnosis.
In fact, people with Alzheimer’s, as well as other types of dementia, can live productive, albeit challenged, lives for many years.
We’ve heard how the cancer patient was able to fight back and beat a terminal diagnosis. While we’ve yet to have an Alzheimer’s survivor, arguably the best way to delay the progression is also by fighting back.
The best way to accomplish this is by maintaining stimulation through activities and socialization. I discuss this further in my article, Alzheimer’s Is Not a Prescription to Stop Living, which you can read over at The Caregiver’s Voice.
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What are you doing to help keep your loved one stimulated? Please share in the comments below:
Carol Marak - Senior Care Editor says
Great post on helping people with Alzheimer’s live meaningful lives, even if one suffers from the dreaded disease. My dad lived with dementia, Alzheimer’s. Back then, I was ignorant, and there wasn’t much information and online help. My wish is that you would have been around back then. My dad’s life would have been more meaningful.
Good on you.
Thank you, Carol
Mike Good says
Thanks for the kind words Carol. Together, we can all make a difference with those who are going through these challenges now. We must help empower them so they can live the best life possible.