Archive for May, 2011

Traveling with Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

June is a month when many Americans plan their summer vacations. If an individual with Alzheimer’s disease is included in your plans, please take the following steps to ensure their safety.

 

Before going

  • Call the Alzheimer’s Association chapter in the area you will be visiting. Let them know you will be staying in the area and ask about available resources. You can locate any chapter by calling 1.800.272.3900 or visiting www.alz.org/apps/findus.asp.
  • Enroll the person 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. You may also want to consider the Alzheimer’s Association Comfort Zone®, powered by Omnilink, a Web-based GPS location management service or Alzheimer’s Association Comfort Zone Check-InTM.
  • If you are already enrolled in MedicAlert, update your records with temporary contact information (call 1.888.572.8566).

Upon arrival

  • Let neighbors know a person with Alzheimer’s is staying next door and ask them to keep their eye out for wandering or other unsafe behavior.
  • During the first few days after arrival, keep your schedule light with lots of down time.
  • Create opportunities to re-acclimate the person to the new environment.
  • Keep familiar things around.
  • Limit access to money and credit cards.
  • Limit access to driving.
  • Be aware that the change can be chaotic for the person.
  • Recognize the warning signs of anxiety and agitation.

 

 

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Four Ways to Connect

Friday, May 20th, 2011

NCOA – National Council On Aging offers 4 ways to connect with the elderly during Older Americans Month.

  1. Raise Your Voice: One in three older adults lives in or on the edge of poverty. They struggle every day just to pay for food, medicine, and a place to live. They’re one bad break away from financial crisis. NCOA’s One Away campaign is collecting stories of economic struggle so we can convince Congress to act. Ask seniors you know to share a story, watch a video, discuss solutions, and send a message to Congress on OneAway.org.
  2. Benefit Someone You Love: This month, give two older adults who are close to you a BenefitsCheckUp® screening. In tight economic times, who wouldn’t want to be sure they’re getting all the benefits they’re eligible for? Free and available anytime online, NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp® screens for more than 2,000 public and private benefits to help seniors pay for food, medicine, energy costs, and more.
  3. Take Control of Your Health: Managing your own health is key to living the life you want. NCOA’s Better Choices, Better Health® is an online workshop for people with ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Participants learn how to reduce pain, fatigue, and stress and communicate with their doctors. Free and available nationwide, BCBH is an easy way for people with limited mobility, caregiving responsibilities, or privacy concerns to get the support they need to live better.
  4. Bowl Together, Get Together! Why should the kids have all the fun? This year’s Older Americans Month features a virtual Wii bowling tournament at senior centers across the country. View this week’s winners and see if you can beat their scores!
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