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Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia & Falls

Caregiver Resources: Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Other Cognitive Issues

UPDATED AUGUST 2021

Alzheimer's & Dementia Increase the Risk of Falling and Serious Injury

You want to keep your loved one safe. People with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s or dementia fall more often with severe enough complications to require emergency transport to a hospital.1 Understanding how Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues increase fall risk helps you do more to prevent them. Find out how

Reducing Modifiable Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias in Seniors

Some risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments are medical conditions and life situations that can be changed to potentially reduce risk. These include diabetes, vascular diseases, depression, inactivity, poor nutrition and loneliness and isolation. Learn more

Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Knowing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can help you get help for your loved one and ease your own worries. If you notice memory losses and other difficulties that disrupt daily life, make an appointment with your healthcare provider for an assessment. Review the symptoms

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Devil’s in the Denial

As a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer's, it's easy to forget to care to your own health, especially your emotional and mental wellness. Accepting the diagnosis and all that comes with it is vital to your well-being and your loved ones. Get the details

Wandering Seniors -- Can a Medical Alert Device Help?

Wandering is a troubling behavior. The National Institute on Aging recommends equipping your loved with identification and communication capabilities to reduce risk if they wander off.2 The combination of a medical ID bracelet like the MedicAlert ID and a medical alert system like Lifeline GoSafe can help if your loved one gets lost, falls or can’t communicate clearly. Discover the benefits

How Medical Alert ID Bracelets Can Help Keep Wandering Loved Ones Safe

You can increase a wandering family member’s safety with a medical ID bracelet that provides vital information to first responders and other helpers. Lifeline has partnered with MedicAlert ID, which provides access to an up-to-date online health record. The information includes your loved one’s medical history and conditions, allergies, and medications. It can even indicate fall risk. MedicAlert ID’s 24/7 Wandering Support Program offers a community network including local law enforcement who can quickly locate missing persons and reunite them with a caregiver or a family member. Read more

Proper Dementia Care Can Help Patients Remain at Home Longer

For many family caregivers, keeping our loved ones at home is a priority. Creating a safe, dignified and humane environment for people living with dementia – and their family members -- can increase the amount of time they spend with us. See how

Communication: An Important Aspect of Dementia Care

Caring for a loved one with cognitive impairment is both rewarding and draining. One way to reduce the emotional toll is to adopt easy-to-learn interpersonal communication skills that help you remain calm and patient, be sensitive to your loved one’s condition, and maintain a good relationship. Get the tips


 

1Chronic conditions and the high risk of falling. Tine Smits, Research Scientist, Philips Research; Andrea Ryter, Senior Global Product Manager, Philips Healthcare, Home Monitoring http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/multivu_archive/ENR/271586-Fall-Prevention-Report_FINAL.pdf

2https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/wandering-and-alzheimers-disease

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