Alzheimer’s disease is the major cause of progressive memory loss in people over the age of 65. It is a degenerative disease and usually starts with slight memory loss which eventually leads to severe memory impairment. Here are some positive actions you can take to help make life easier and safer when they are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
- A calendar that displays appointments, activities and events.
- Written reminders for often forgotten tasks such as locking doors or shutting windows.
- Place large labels on with block letters on frequently used items like doors, cabinets and drawers and include a picture of the contents inside.
- Daily lists to help keep things in order.
- Step-by- step directions on how to work appliances or complete daily tasks like fixing hair or using an electric shaver.
- Keep important numbers by each phone.
- Utilize memory devices: large display clocks with day and date, automated pill dispensers, photo phones and simple TV remotes.
In the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease memory loss will significantly increase. Stronger safely options should be considered such as disconnecting gas burners that could be left on, locking up drugs and household chemicals, removing sharp objects, installing a security system in the event that your loved one starts to wander out at night. It is also good idea to have the person wear an identification bracelet in the event they wander off or get confused in a public place.