Monday, July 14, 2008

Memory loss- Key things to Remember

Just a few tips for the alert caregiver to consider when observing memory loss in a loved one:

* Be alert - document signs of memory loss and circumstances

* Notice if the memory loss is affecting activities of daily living such as planning, organizing and making decisions about every day functions.

* If there is a memory decline/loss be sure to be evaluated by physician

* Keep record of all medications including prescriptions, over the counter, herbs, and vitamins

* Understand the difference between delirium and dementia

* Learn to identify and manage stressful situations

These tips were provided by Jean Bandos, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC Research Director at "My Health Care Manager," a national company that helps seniors and their families manage the complexities of older adult life.

Bob Tell
Author, Dementia Diary, A Caregiver's Journal


Gillian said...

Great post, helpful as usual.

Today I salute all caregivers, present or past for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take care of someone else.

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Robert Tell said...

Gillian, I join and every saluting caregivers everywhere. To be one is the ultimate act of kindness. Thank you for visiting my blog.
Bob Tell
Author, "Dementia Diary, A Caregiver's Journal"