wandering behavior

Those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia are at greater risk for dangerous wandering behavior. Alzheimer’s disease causes millions of Americans to lose their ability to recognize familiar places and faces. Six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. Many people cannot even remember their name or address. They may become disoriented and lost, even in…

Planning Ahead For Long Term Care Expenses Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be taxing and physically exhausting. There will likely come a time when you will need to turn to outside help. This is called long-term care, and it can range from in-home assistance to skilled care in a residential facility. Although critically…

dementia

Having dementia does not mean that it’s necessary to stop participating in meaningful activities such as travel; it just requires planning to ensure safety, comfort and enjoyment for everyone. Whether taking a short trip to see friends and family or traveling a far distance for vacation, it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of…

medicine

There is no medication to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, but a number of drugs and medicine are used to treat Alzheimer symptoms. Physicians may also prescribe drugs to manage delusions and hallucinations, depression, agitation or sleeplessness. Although these medications can help manage symptoms, they can also produce side effects such as agitation, dry mouth,…

safety

Providing for safety is an important job for caregivers. A safe environment can help prevent injuries, and it can help the person with dementia feel relaxed and less overwhelmed. To enhance safety, assess the environment for hazards. Try to see the world through the eyes of a person who has Alzheimer’s and adapt the environment…

medic alert

The Alzheimer’s Association and MedicAlert have formed an alliance to improve the safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia that wander or who have a medical emergency. How MedicAlert + Safe Return works…

driving

Driving is a complex activity that requires quick thinking and reactions, as well as good perceptual abilities. For the person with Alzheimer’s disease, driving becomes a safety issue. While he or she may not recognize that changes in cognitive and sensory skills impair driving abilities, you and other family members will need to be firm…

disaster

Advance preparations • If your loved one lives in a residential facility, find out about its disaster and evacuation plans. Ask if you will be responsible for evacuating your loved one. • Whether your loved one lives with you, or you are a long-distance caregiver, make sure evacuation plans include his or her specific needs.…

eating

Importance of Regular Eating Proper nutrition is important to keep the body strong and healthy. Regular nutritious meals may become a challenge for people with dementia. They may become overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or think they have already eaten. If the person is having difficulty eating, ask yourself the following…

dementia

Is there a difference between Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease? Dementia is a general term for a group of brain disorders. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 50 to 70 percent of cases. This fact sheet briefly discusses Alzheimer’s and some other dementias. All types of dementia involve mental decline that:…