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Mental Health Awarness Month: Alzheimer’s Roadmap by @LauraTown

 Alzheimer's Road May Series by Laura Town

 May is #MentalHealth Awareness Month

Lexicon features the Alzheimer’s Roadmap Series by Laura Town

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Alzheimer's Road May Series by Laura TownMay is Mental Health Awareness Month.Lexicon is devoted to exploring the impact that language has on our everyday lives. Words are often more powerful than actions, and have an intense impact on the psyche–for good or ill.  This May, we take an in-depth look at the empowering six-book Alzheimer’s Roadmap series, which exists to ease the heavy load of caregivers and provide some mental comfort through proactive planning. These books were developed by a caregiver, Laura Town, to allow others to benefit from the intensive research she undertook when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

While Alzheimer’s is not itself classified as a mental illness, it is a disease that threatens the mental health of those it effects, both those with the disease and their caregivers. Depression–which is classified as a mental illness–can often be both a symptom and a contributor to Alzheimer’s Disease; and depression can be a byproduct of the long, often thankless, hours that caregivers dedicate to those with Alzheimer’s. The isolating effects of the disease can be devastating for all involved. For those with the disease, the mind becomes an unpredictable maze, causing physical, mental and emotional disruption. For caregivers, attending to the needs of those afflicted can be a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year job. Alzheimer’s is a disease of the mind and as such threatens the total health and well-being of all those it afflicts.

This series is a powerful step toward sanity and wellness. It provides many resources and helpful information for navigating the incredibly confusing healthcare, financial, legal and safety concerns that can constrain in a time when increased flexibility is needed. This practical information can help right-size that mountain into the mole hill it should be, freeing mental space for more important concerns–loving your loved ones and yourself.

In the latest installment, “Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Stages, Treatment Options, and Other Medical Considerations“, The Alzheimer’s Roadmap series presents a guide to understanding and verifying the Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and how to deal with it positively and proactively.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be scary and overwhelming. This book helps unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease, including the pathological features of Alzheimer’s disease, the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and the symptoms and prognosis at each stage, and the treatment options available for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. This book also details how to find a doctor who will meet the needs of your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease as well as the diagnostic tests that your loved one may have to undergo to determine if they have Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one has not yet been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, this book can help you recognize warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and decipher if your loved one’s actions are related to Alzheimer’s disease or are just normal signs of aging. Other topics include methods to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or slow its progression, comparisons between Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, special considerations for individuals with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and the usefulness of clinical trials in finding new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

If you or a loved one is or could be suffering with Alzheimer’s, arm yourself with knowledge. The Alzheimer’s Roadmap is an excellent place to start. Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month by safe guarding your mind!

Next week: Caregiver Resources and Home Safety

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Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses content writing, comprehensive editing and quality resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language—insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services and rates, and enjoy her weekly columns on!


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