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June Is National Safety Month
Summer is almost here and as the weather warms up, families increase their activity both indoors and out. If you are a family facing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you don’t have to stop participating in meaningful summer activities — but you should plan ahead to ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone.
Take these steps to help you prepare:
- Create a plan to meet your needs. Families who are unsure of potential safety issues should visit the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Navigator™; an interactive online tool that asks a series of questions in order to deliver a customized action plan and links to information, support and local resources.
- Evaluate your environment. Identify possible areas of danger in the home or outdoors that could cause injury to the person living with dementia.
- Reduce the risk of wandering. Anyone who has memory problems is at risk for wandering. Even in the early stage of dementia, a person can become disoriented in a familiar place. Enroll the person with dementia in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.
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Within the world of caregiving there are many relationship dynamics – adult children caring for their elderly parents; parents caring for special needs children; a spouse caring for their partner, and many others.
The circumstances of each caregiving experience come with different challenges, responsibilities, and rewards. The role of being a caregiver to one’s spouse can be particularly trying, especially if it comes well before the golden years.
Karen Garner is a 42-year old mother of an 8-year-old and an 11-year-old. She also juggles a full-time job and providing dementia home care for her 50-year-old husband who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease strikes people before the age of 65. It is very uncommon when it strikes someone before their 50s. Karen’s husband, Jim, had symptoms of the disease for at least two to four years prior to his diagnosis. Early-onset Alzheimer’s appears to be genetic; Jim’s mother and brother both had Alzheimer’s disease.
“I feel really bad for Jim,” Karen said. “I hate to see such a nice person go through this and to have my kids go through this.”
Karen says she is very concerned about whether or not her own children will inherit the disease.
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For Debera Roller, protecting people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is about continual redirection. When they become upset about something, she redirects them to a more positive thought.
“We just redirect those negative thoughts to something else, like: ‘Look outside, the sun is shining,’” Roller said. “Although, I never tell my clients they have to do anything, I only make gentle suggestions.”
“They can sit down and do something very complicated, like doing the checkbook, but they can’t remember they haven’t taken their medications or they haven’t tied their shoes,” she said. “It’s very frustrating. They’ll go into a room and forget why they went in there and they’ll yell for help. You know how you sometimes open the refrigerator and stand there? After a few seconds it clicks in and we remember what we were hungry for. Sometimes they don’t even remember that their hungry let alone what they like to eat.”
To help with this constant lapse of short-term memory, caregivers trained in specialized dementia care know to make liberal use of sticky notes. The More >