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Day-to-Day Living With Alzheimer's Disease

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Living with Alzheimer's disease is a challenge for anyone. You’ll have good days and bad days. But there are some things you can do to help your memory, plan your day, and get around.

How Do I Deal With Memory Problems?

As it gets harder to remember things, you can use a few strategies to help your memory. You may have to try a few different ones before you find what works for you. To start:

  • Carry a notebook with you to keep track of important information, phone numbers, names, ideas you have, appointments, your address, and directions to your home.
  • Put sticky notes around the house with reminders for yourself.
  • Label cupboards and drawers with words or pictures that describe their contents.
  • Ask a friend or family member to call and remind you of important things you need to do during the day, like taking medication and going to appointments.
  • Keep photos of people you see often, and label the photos with their names.

What's the Best Way to Plan the Day?

  • Focus on things you enjoy and are able to do safely on your own.
  • Take advantage of the times of the day when you feel best. It will be easier to get things done.
  • Allow yourself the time to do what you need to do. Don't feel like you have to hurry or let other people rush you.
  • If something gets too hard, take a break.
  • Ask for help if you need it.

How Do I Avoid Getting Lost?

You may not be able to find your way around as well as you used to, even in familiar places. Take steps to prepare, such as:

  • Ask someone to go with you when you go out. Take directions with you, even if you’re going somewhere you’ve been before.
  • Ask for help if you need it. If you want to, you can explain that you have a memory problem.

What Will Make Communicating Easier?

Keep these tips in mind when you’re trying to talk with others:

  • Always take your time, and don't feel like you need to rush.
  • If you need to, ask the person you're speaking with to repeat what she’s saying or to speak slowly.
  • Avoid distracting noises, and find a quiet place to talk.
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