Due to an aging workforce, finding employees diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is becoming more common. While many people can remain at work in the early stages of the disease, each person’s situation is unique. Talk to your physician and caregiving team regarding how your current set of symptoms will impact your ability to work, and keep revisiting the conversation as your symptoms change. Depending on your particular job, you may need to transition out of work sooner than later, for example, if your job involves driving or utilizing skills that may be more challenging with Alzheimer’s.
If you are able to continue working, try to create a transition plan with your employer, perhaps reducing hours or taking a less demanding role. Educate your employer about the disease as you discuss your options, you may even want to bring a caregiver or advocate with you. You may find that your employer and even your Human Resources department may have had little training or exposure to the disease. Unfortunately, many companies that have stellar childcare benefits and support resources haven’t caught up with eldercare disease issues. Continue reading “I’ve Just Been Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s. Can I Still Work?” »
Everyday I feel honored to work with such amazing individuals. I want to share with you an article that was written by one of our early stage individuals – Charles Warner. Charles is a talented writer and has some great insight on how to cope and plan after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Plan for the Future but Live in the Now
By: Charles Warner
I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in December of 2011. My physician was quite to the point, he told me the diagnosis and said “no more practicing law and no more driving”. Although somewhat taken aback, and I confess a bit in denial, I appreciated his being direct and followed his advice. I closed my law practice and began a new and different life.
I knew I needed to plan for the financial future and to come to terms with having Alzheimer’s. I will explain how to address the financial (estate planning) issues. I am still working on dealing with the disease, so that will be a progress report. Continue reading “Plan for the Future but Live in the “Now”” »
A recent health scare made me start thinking about what would happen to John if something suddenly happened to me. I’m not worried about the overall money situation, we created a trust over a year ago and I believe the plans we made there are sound. Continue reading “What would happen to John if something happened to me?” »