Alzheimer's Management

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

  1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with word in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

If you or a loved one demonstrates any of these signs, please consult with your primary care doctor.

  • What are the tests I need to take and how long will it take to get a diagnosis?
  • Will you refer me to a specialist?
  • Could the medicines I'm taking be causing my symptoms?
  • Do I have any other conditions that could be causing my symptoms?
  • What should I expect if it is Alzheimer's?
  • Which treatments are available for Alzheimer's? What are the risks and benefits and possible side effects?
  • What about participating in a clinical trial? What are the risks and benefits?
  • Is there anything else I should know?
  • When should I come back for another visit?

Plan ahead to ensure that your future will be in good hands and to help your loved ones make the right decisions for you in the future. When planning, consider:

  • Future living arrangements, including in home assistance, assisted living, a memory care unit
  • Legal planning
  • Money matters
  • Health care proxy/living will

Other helpful tips:

  • Carry a book of important notes/photos with you
  • Enroll in the Alzheimer's Association Safe Return
  • Be open to accepting help from others
  • Extend the time you can live safely in your home with help from your family, friends and community
  • Talk to others who have Alzheimer's
  • Find ways to laugh as often as you can
  • Maintain your physical health
  • Take steps to keep your home safe
  • Keep doing the things you enjoy most
  • Put plans in place now for your future

 

To contact a BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Case Manager, call 1-877-878-8785, then select Option 2.


National 
The Alzheimer's Association
1-800-272-3900
www.alz.org

Family Caregiver Alliance
1-800-445-8106
www.caregiver.org

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) 
1-800-438-4380
www.alzheimers.org
OR
www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

National Family Caregivers Association
1-800-896-3650
www.nfcacares.org

Local Resources New York

State Resources
www.aging.ny.gov

Senior Citizen Help Line
1-888-342-9871
www.nyconnects.org

Western New York

Alzheimer's Association of WNY 
2805 Wherle Dr.
www.alz.org/wny