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Over time, people with Alzheimer's Disease become less able to manage things around the house.
For example, they may not remember:
As a caregiver, you can do many things to make a house safer for people with Alzheimer's Disease.
Add the following to your home if you don't already have them in place:
Lock up or remove the following from your home:
Do the following to keep the person with AD safe:
People with AD get more confused over time. They also may not see, smell, touch, hear, and/or taste things as they used to.
You can do things around the house to make life safer and easier for the person with Alzheimer's Disease:
Good drivers are alert, think clearly, and make good decisions. When the person with AD is not able to do these things, he or she should stop driving. But, he or she may not want to stop or even think there is a problem. As the caregiver, you will need to talk with the person about why he or she needs to stop driving. Do this in a caring way. Understand how unhappy the person with AD may be to admit that he or she has reached this new stage.
Be ready to find other ways that the person can travel on his or her own, for as long as possible. Your local Area Agency on Aging has information about transportation services in your area. These services may include free or low-cost buses, taxi service, or carpools for older people. Some churches and community groups have volunteers who take seniors wherever they want to go.
Here are some things you need to know about driving and memory loss:
Here are some signs that the person should stop driving:
Also, consider asking a friend or family member to follow the person. What he or she sees can give you a better sense of how well the person with AD is driving.
Here are some ways to stop people with AD from driving:
From the National Institute on Aging: http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/CaringAD/caregiving/keeping.htm
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