My husband was just diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer DiagnosisQ: My husband was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 45. I’m stunned and I just don’t know where to turn! Can you help?

A: New diagnoses like this can be so frightening. Remember, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). He has not abandoned you or your family! Proverbs 16:9 says, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” May you sense His presence and guidance while you navigate the road ahead.

Talk with your doctor about what to expect in the near and more distant future. In addition, let your pastor know about this new development, enlisting the help and prayer of your church. A Joni and Friends Family Retreat may be a great option for your family. The new relationships, encouragement, and refreshment gained at a Family Retreat help many families press on with renewed hope and vigor.

As a primary caregiver, Caregiver’s Voice and Eldercare Locator may be helpful to you. The Alzheimer’s Association also has a wealth of information on Alzheimer’s, as well as local resources and support groups.

You may also want to pick up a copy of God’s Encouragement for Caregivers or Making Sense of Suffering.