Sunday, November 27, 2016

Memory Loss - A few Key Things to Remember (a repeat)

 Just a few tips for the alert caregiver to consider when observing memory loss in a loved one. This is a repeat of a 2008 post. It was very popular and it stimulated much activity on this blog:

* 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.

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

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