Tuesday, March 22, 2011

How to care for a person with Alzheimer's Disease

This is an Alzheimer's Blogging Competition entry organised by The Disabled Shop Blog.

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All you need to do it donate money (all profits will go to Alzheimer's Research UK), write your post, email the organisers and promote it.
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Here is my entry for the contest.
General principles of how to care for a person with Alzheimer's Disease as suggested by WHO.

1. Help your loved one establish a daily routine as soon  as possible and keep it going.In the early stages, the person suffering from AD is able to adapt to necessary changes, but in more advanced stages changes to the layout of the room, times of meals, etc can cause a lot of confusion and anxiety.

2. Provide your loved one with a well-balanced diet, rich in proteins and fibre, and calorific value adequate to the weight and height. Ask a dietitian or your GP for help if necessary.

3. Make sure their personal hygiene is good.
4. Establish a good, or even rigid routine for toilet habits.

5. Minimise risk of tripping, falling or slipping accidents
, by ensuring your loved one wears securely fitted soft slip-on shoes, reducing or eliminating potentially dangerous furnishing and securing floor covering.

6. Take care of appropriate fluid intake during the day, and try to reduce any drinking after 6pm.

7. Help managing abrupt changes in mood by keeping the environment calm, following established routines, keeping things simple, using calming, positive music.

8. Reduce the risk of the sufferer wandering: secure the doors, make sure they wear an identification bracelet or a card, and don't leave the house unaccompanied.

9. Maintain night time sleep pattern, avoid naps during the day.

10. Make sure your loved one receives appropriate medical treatment for Alzheimer's Disease and any coexisting medical and emotional conditions.

More details on WHO website.


  1. Hi - just read and enjoyed your comp. entry - I've entered too and it's amazing how we're all writing about the same subject but have come up with so many variations on the same theme!

  2. Hi Sally, thanks for popping in.
    It is indeed amazing that every one of can can have this unique slant on the same theme. It's a perfect example that as writers or bloggers we are able to provide something unique, no matter how well known or worn the subject is - it's our personality that makes it different from others.