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How do I know what I can do to help a loved one with Alzheimer's?

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Trace a day in your loved one's life. Notice what they can and can’t do for themselves. Check on how well they do these things:

  • Make meals and eat
  • Bathe, groom, and use the restroom
  • Dress themselves
  • Walk and move around
  • Pay bills and manage money
  • Drive or navigate public transit
  • Take their medications
  • Do household chores

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association.

Hurme, S. , ABA, 2015. The ABA/AARP Checklist for Family Caregivers: A Guide to Making it Manageable

AARP.

Aging Care, LLC.

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders.”

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on June 08, 2017

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association.

Hurme, S. , ABA, 2015. The ABA/AARP Checklist for Family Caregivers: A Guide to Making it Manageable

AARP.

Aging Care, LLC.

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders.”

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on June 08, 2017

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