This November, let’s raise awareness for the 15 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia. MedicAlert has deep appreciation for the remarkable individuals who dedicate their love, support, and time to caring for those living with Alzheimer’s.
Whether you are a child, grandchild, sibling, spouse, nurse, or friend who is caring for someone living with any form of dementia, your devotion and efforts should be recognized. Being a caregiver can be a highly fulfilling experience, but can also take a toll on both your physical and emotional health.
While caring for your loved ones living with Alzheimer’s, ensure you allow yourself to have personal time as this helps you distress. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, engaging in hobbies, and socializing with friends are necessary to keep both your mind and body moving in the right direction as you continue dedicating your time and support to provide for your loved one's quality of life.
Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's/Dementia
Today, there remains no cure or guaranteed prevention for Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Unfortunately, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s tend to become more obvious as the disease progresses. It is important to differentiate between signs of normal aging and memory impairment, and early stage warning signs that the disease may be developing.
- Memory loss that interferes with daily life- particularly forgetting recently-learned information; repeatedly asking for the same information.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems- may have difficulty following a simple recipe; problems keeping track of monthly bills or extreme difficulty concentrating.
- Confusion with time or place- lose track of dates, season or passage of time; difficulty understanding something if it is not happening immediately.
- Decreased or poor judgment- may experience changes in judgment or decision-making, such as poor judgment when dealing with money; may pay less attention to self-hygiene.
MedicAlert urges you to talk to a doctor should you or your loved ones show any of these signs progressing. For additional information on signs and symptoms of developing Alzheimer’s or related dementia, click here
Keep Your Loved Ones Safe with 24/7 Wandering & Emergency Response Services
Medical IDs are intended to save lives and should be incorporated into your Alzheimer’s safety and treatment plan. Keep your loved ones protected with a 24/7 Emergency Support Network; while giving you peace of mind.
The MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program has been designed to provide wandering and emergency response services to people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia; along with a 24/7 Family Notification Service.