Where to start
If this situation sounds familiar, it’s crucial for you to realize that you don’t have to face this alone.
You should contact your local Alzheimer Society. Staff at the Society can help you understand ways to work around some of the work challenges and offer emotional support for you and your family.
If the doctor has not already referred you to a program called First Link® available through the Alzheimer Society, ask Society staff about how can participate. Through the First Link program, you will be connected to supports and services both at the Society and your own community.
As devastating as the diagnosis is to you, receiving it early on in the course of the disease is an advantage. It gives you time to understand what’s happening to you and to make decisions about you future while you’re still capable.
Before meeting with your employer, you should consult with your Human Resources department. Ask about the company's relevant human resource policies, your employee assistance program and available benefit programs.
If your company doesn’t have a Human Resources department, seek independent human resource or legal advice regarding obligations your company has to employees.