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How can you prevent someone with Alzheimer's disease from falling?

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Alzheimer's disease causes coordination problems that make people more likely to lose their balance and fall. To help prevent that:

  • Encourage regular exercise to help keep up balance and strength.
  • Remove objects that are easy to trip on.
  • Make sure stairways have at least one handrail.
  • Place non-skid strips in the bathtub and on smooth floors.
  • Install night-lights.
  • Place easy-to-see stickers on large windows and sliding-glass doors to make it obvious that something solid is there.

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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