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Tips for Living with Memory Loss
Living with a memory or cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s or other dementias can be a journey of worry, frustration, and fear.

But planning and support, you can live each day to its fullest.

Here are some helpful tips for planning and support:

Seek an early diagnosis

Talk to your doctor at the first signs of memory difficulties. You may also want to consult a geriatric specialist or memory assessment clinic to get a thorough cognitive evaluation. A comprehensive evaluation is important. You will learn more about memory loss and identify appropriate options.

Educate yourself and others

Research current, credible sources so you can learn about your diagnosis, find ways to maintain your abilities, and develop a plan to manage symptoms. You’ll be able to make informed decisions, prepare for the future, and enhance your quality of life.

The ADAW offers many programs and support groups <link to these pages eventually>. We even have a free lending library of Alzheimer’s- and dementia-related books and media in our office.

If you need a place to start, contact us.

Get support and use available resources

Trying to deal with cognitive changes all by yourself can exhaust you and could have a negative impact on your functioning, health and well-being. The support of family and friends and your involvement with outside resources can be an enormous help. Ask for and accept help from friends, family, neighbors, and your faith community. Use community services available to you such as in-home care, adult day services, and financial assistance.

Take care of yourself and find ways to enjoy each day

Maintaining your health and well-being may improve your ability to function in daily life. Stay physically active and find ways to manage your stress. Try to focus on what you are doing well. Include fun, laughter and opportunities to learn new things and socialize with others each day.

Stay active and involved in daily life

It is important to continue your usual routine as much as possible and stay involved with your interests, friends, and community. If you adapt to accommodate your changing needs, you will create a safe and supportive environment for your daily routine and activities.

If you have additional questions or are in need of support, the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin is here to offer such help!

Call us at 608.232.3400, 888.308.6251, or send us an email.

Participate in a local research study
Multiple research studies are being conducted that examine potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory problems as well as how to prevent memory decline and dementia.

Find Opportunities to Participate

Upcoming Programs
Memory Café is a social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementia and their family and friends.

A safe space and social gathering place for individuals and families who live with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementias.

Crossing Bridges is an educational discussion group for people who have mild memory loss and are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Learn coping skills, enhance family communication, and have guidance toward developing future plans and living a fulfilled life with cognitive change.

There are no upcoming events at this time.
Meeting of Minds is a memory enhancement program for people with mild memory loss that includes creative and cognitively-stimulating exercises.

A memory enhancement program for people with mild memory loss that includes creative exercises such as group storytelling or discussion of artwork.

There are no upcoming events at this time.
Aging In The Workplace

For employees with a dementia diagnosis

If you are an employee diagnosed with dementia in your prime earning years, you may want to consider how to frame your future.

Now is the time to ask:

  • How does dementia affect my work?
  • How will dementia affect my work as my disease progresses?
  • What can I do to plan for the future?
  • What changes will I need to make in the future?

Download: A Guide For the Employee with Young-onset Dementia

In some cases, symptoms may interfere with your ability to work—causing you to leave before retirement age. This guide will provide information on applying for Social Security Disability Insurance.

Download: Social Security Disability Insurance and Young-onset Dementia

Aging In The Workplace
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Your donations help us provide help and support to those living with memory loss and those who care for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementia. We are your partner along the journey!