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What do I need to know about my loved one's medical records if they have Alzheimer's?

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Do you know your loved one’s blood type? All of their health conditions? What medicines they take? The names of all their doctors (primary care and specialists)? If they have allergies? Past illnesses, surgeries, treatments, and test results?

You’ll need your loved one’s permission to get their health records. And you'll need a health care proxy to legally make medical decisions for them when they're no longer able.

Keep a file on your computer with all this information. Back it up so you can easily access it.

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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