If you are just noticing episodes of forgetfulness or confusion in an aging parent, you may fear that your loved one is developing Alzheimer’s. Don’t allow your fear to stop you from acting. Make an appointment with your family doctor or a memory care specialist. In some cases, confusion and memory loss can be treated and even reversed. A medical professional will want to rule out other conditions that are treatable, such as depression, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes complications, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and an array of other conditions. Early diagnosis can reverse damage in some diseases and help slow the progression of others, including Alzheimer’s. If your loved one has recently been diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, use this time to allow them to participate in their long-term planning. Rest assured, Alzheimer’s patients, with aid and proper planning, can continue to live in their own homes for many years with the help of caregivers, outside care providers, and assistive products and devices.