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Creating a Safe Environment for Alzheimer's Disease Patients

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Driving

Research suggests that even mild Alzheimer's disease is associated with an increased risk of automobile accidents. It is important to check with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles to find out the procedure for evaluating a person's with Alzheimer's disease driving ability. Many areas will perform a thorough "driver safety evaluation" to determine whether it is safe for the person to keep driving. If there is any impairment in vision or judgment, a person with Alzheimer's should not drive.

Other Tips:

  • Make your home environment as comfortable and sensory pleasing as possible.
  • Decorate with colors you find soothing; use potpourri with fragrances that relax you.
  • Keep photos and music around that uplift your spirits.
  • If you would like company during the day, consider a pet such as a bird, fish, or cat. If you are concerned about the pet's daily care, surround yourself with plants or flowers.
  • Make sure the temperature and climate are suitable to your sensitivities.

The more comfortable and safe you feel in your surroundings, the more manageable your diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease will be.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on June 28, 2014
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