The purpose of this list is to alert the public to the early warning signs
of one of the most devastating disorders affecting older people - Alzheimer's
disease. If someone has several or even most of these symptoms, it does not
mean they definitely have the disease. It does mean they should be thoroughly
examined by a medical specialist trained in evaluating memory disorders, such
as a neurologist or a psychiatrist, or by a comprehensive memory disorder
clinic, with an entire team of expert knowledge about memory problems.
If your mother has Alzheimer's disease and lives in Phoenix and you're in New York, how do you help take care of her? Angela Heath, director of the Eldercare Locator Hotline of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, has compiled 10 strategies to help you cope. This article is adapted from Heath's book, Long-Distance Caregiving: A Survival Guide for Far Away Caregivers.
Tip No. 1: Get organized
Keep track of important information in a care log.
Tip No. 2: Identify your...