When a Colorado doctor gives you loved one an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it is a terrifying time for them and you. This disease slowly robs a person of their mental capabilities. It starts slow but progresses over time, and there is no cure. Eventually, your loved one will need full-time care to ensure his or her safety and well-being. In the meantime, though, as the caregiver, you need to learn how to help your loved one through each stage of this disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association explains that after diagnosis and during the early stages of Alzheimer’s care is about being there for your loved one. You can help him or her emotionally come to terms with the diagnosis and work to educate yourselves about the disease. At this point, your loved one can still probably handle his or her daily needs, but you should watch out for signs that the disease is progressing and moving to the middle stage.

In the middle stage, your loved one will need more care. You may need to move him or her in to live with you because living alone may be too risky. The effects of the disease will become more obvious, and you will see signs that he or she is no longer able to adequately care for his or herself. You will have to be flexible and offer help when needed but still allow independence when it is safe.

The final stage of the disease is when your loved one can no longer care for his or herself at all. He or she will need extensive care. At this point, you may want to think about a nursing home or a similar option. This information is for education and is not legal advice.