“Ask anyone what worries them most about getting older, and more than a few people will say losing the ability to remember things is high up on their list. After a lifetime of making memories and forging meaningful relationships, the idea that a disease like Alzheimer’s could swoop in and steal it all away is, frankly, pretty frightening.

But what exactly does an Alzheimer’s diagnosis mean, anyway? And what is life like with the condition? Truthfully, it’s tough to be fully prepared until you’re actually living it, either yourself or because you’re a caregiver or family member of someone with Alzheimer’s.

Newly diagnosed adults and their family members are deeply concerned about how to navigate this uncertain future,” says Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW, who runs a caregiver wellness program for the University of Michigan’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center. “They’re overwhelmed with ideas and fears, which often stem from a previous personal experience with Alzheimer’s or what they learn from the media.” 

Given that it’s Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, there’s no better time to introduce some real talk about what the disease means (and doesn’t mean) for someone newly diagnosed. If you’re dealing with a diagnosis or preparing to care for a loved one who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, these 12 facts-straight from Alzheimer’s health care providers and caregivers-will help paint a more accurate reality of navigating life with the condition.”

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