Dear Carol: My dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He’s considered Stage 2, according to the doctor, which is apparently quite early. Yet, I see many challenges now and of course many more in the future. How do we approach this? - Jon
Dear Jon: Alzheimer’s professionals have designated stages to describe where a person is in the course of the disease. Labels tend to give people a feeling of control, and Alzheimer’s does have a trajectory that is somewhat predictable. However, each person with the disease travels the path at his or her own rate. You are smart to start working with your dad now to map out a plan. Just remember to stay flexible within the plan and help your dad understand the need for this flexibility. People often go back and forth between stages, having more clarity one day and less another.