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How can you lower the chances of someone with Alzheimer's disease getting sick?

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People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s are more likely to get infections, including bladder infections, flu, and pneumonia. To lower your loved one’s chances of getting sick:

  • Talk to his doctor about getting a flu shot each year.
  • A one-time pneumonia shot after age 65 is also a good idea.
  • Watch for sudden changes in symptoms or behaviors, or a fever. These can point to an infection.

From: When Alzheimer's Affects More than Memory WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 12/10/2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: "About Alzheimer's disease: Symptoms," "Caregiver Guide: Tips for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease," "Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease."

Ballard, C. May 2013. Current Opinion in Psychiatry,

Alzheimer's Association: "Anxiety and agitation," "Treatments for sleep changes."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Tips for caregivers of people with Alzheimer disease (The Basics)" and "Patient information: Dementia (including Alzheimer disease) (Beyond the Basics)."

Beveridge, L. , June 21, 2011. Clinical Interventions in Aging

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center: "Home safety for people with Alzheimer's disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: "About Alzheimer's disease: Symptoms," "Caregiver Guide: Tips for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease," "Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease."

Ballard, C. May 2013. Current Opinion in Psychiatry,

Alzheimer's Association: "Anxiety and agitation," "Treatments for sleep changes."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Tips for caregivers of people with Alzheimer disease (The Basics)" and "Patient information: Dementia (including Alzheimer disease) (Beyond the Basics)."

Beveridge, L. , June 21, 2011. Clinical Interventions in Aging

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center: "Home safety for people with Alzheimer's disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

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