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How should I help a person with Alzheimer's disease groom themselves?

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  • Show him how to brush his teeth step by step, or brush yours at the same time. Try an angled, long-handled, or electric toothbrush if you're brushing for him.
  • If a woman wants to wear makeup, encourage it. Help her with lipstick and powder, if she wants. Skip eye makeup if it seems too hard for her to tackle.
  • To keep shaving safe, use an electric razor instead of one with a blade.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Food, Eating and Alzheimer's," “Activities at Home."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease."

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: "Mental Stimulation Slows Alzheimer's Progression."

National Institute on Aging: "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Food, Eating and Alzheimer's," “Activities at Home."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise and Alzheimer's Disease."

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: "Mental Stimulation Slows Alzheimer's Progression."

National Institute on Aging: "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 14, 2018

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