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Kathleen Beveridge is a regular contributor to the Memory Ball blog. She has written other stories on the benefits of yoga on brain health. Here is her personal story dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. It’s been 10 months since my grandfather lost his battle with Alzheimer’s and 6 months since my family was able to all be together and pay him tribute. His official diagnosis occurred between 5-6 years ago, and I’ve watched my family’s relationships with each other change and shift. When my grandpa finally let go in February there was a collective sigh of relief from his sons. This may come off sounding horrible and insensitive, but the loss suffered this year wasn’t one of mind, character, or soul, it was his physical body that left us, the rest had already slowly chipped away.19 11 2014 Kathleen's Story BeveridgeFamily99 (2)

Special thanks to Marija Padjen of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for her assistance with this article. When a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it can be hard to know what level of care they need. You might wonder if the person should stay in their own home, or if they should move into a family member’s house. You might wonder if the person should move into an assisted living facility.

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The answer is that all of the above are correct, it really depends on the person and their specific situation. Ambiguous answer, I know, but the circumstances can vary so widely that it’s impossible to say that what works in one situation will work in another. It’s important to become educated on the disease early in the process, as this allows for future care planning. Often, families that are educated about what to expect are able to keep the person with Alzheimer’s at home longer than those who are not educated about the disease. If you think that you are doing fine, and you don’t need to learn more about the disease or find out about the resources available to you, understand that now is actually the time. It is easier to consider the options and circumstances now, before the situation starts to become stressful.