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In honor of November’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, Sharon Roth Maguire, a geriatric nurse practitioner and vice president of quality and clinical operations for BrightStar Care® ...

In honor of November’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, Sharon Roth Maguire, a geriatric nurse practitioner and vice president of quality and clinical operations for BrightStar Care® put together a list of tips to help families that are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. For more info visit http://www.brightstarcare.com/neurological-disorder-care.

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  • Alzheimer’s Awareness Tips In Honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
  • In honor of November’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awarenessmonth, Sharon Roth Maguire, a geriatric nurse practitioner and vicepresident of quality and clinical operations for BrightStar Care®, puttogether a list of tips to help families that are caring for a loved onewith Alzheimer’s disease:
  • Put together a team. This isn’t a task you want to tackle alone. Thereare programs to assist families who are caring for Alzheimer’s sufferers.BrightStar Clinical Pathways offers a 30-day transitional-care program speThe evidence-based program is designed to empower people with dementiaa registered nurse visits once a week and a specially trained caregiver visitsan additional 4-5 times per week. The intense oversight and care schedulehelps families stay involved and informed while providing the highestquality of care.
  • Recognize what’s normal. Forgetfulness is a common symptom ofaging and isn’t always the result of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Whileforgetting what you had for dinner last night may be a typical slip ofmemory, forgetting how to prepare a favorite meal or putting things inunusual places are likely symptoms of something more serious. It’simportant to make the distinction between what is normal and what isnot.
  • Stay organized. With multiple physician orders, appointment datesand medications to take, things can get cluttered and unorganizedquickly. An online tool, like CareTogether, helps keep communicationopen between caregivers and family members. CareTogether allowseveryone involved in the care process to access calendar appointments,health updates and medicine scheduling for the individual. In addition,CareTogether has condition-specific resources available to further assistcaregivers for specific conditions including dementia.
  • Record changes. Keep track of any changes in behavior and beprepared to explain the differences to the caregiver team. Whilechanges may seem insubstantial, they could signify a decline in yourloved one’s health or in many instances, another illness super-imposedon top of the underlying dementia.
  • Be supportive. Listen to your loved one and respect their needs.Coping with the diagnosis, symptoms and an overall lifestyle change canbe extremely difficult. Keep communication open and make sureeveryone involved in the care process can communicate their needs,emotions and even frustrations effectively. Although it may be difficultto talk openly, it can greatly relieve stress.
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