Caregivers Provide Added Safety for Seniors with Memory Loss

Seniors with memory loss, and especially seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, can benefit from having a part-time or full-time caregiver.  Senior home care agencies provide training and ongoing support for caregivers who are caring for clients with memory loss.  As every day can be different for the seniro with memory loss, and because sometimes the caregiver is the first person to be blamed for anything impacted by the senior's memory loss, having the full agency team proves valuable.

In Georgia this weekend, an 87-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease left her home alone before dawn.  Fortunately, she did have a caregiver present, who discovered her missing at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  The state police and sheriff's department began a search and found her just before 9:00 a.m. This is a reminder that confusion about time and place can lead to a senior with Alzheimer's Disease placing themself in harmful situations.  Providing a caregiver can help keep their daily schedule on track, along with keeping meals and medications consistent.

The Georgia senior's wandering incident is a reminder of the realities of the challenges and needs of a senior with memory loss. 

If you are a caregiver, find out if the senior you are caring for has had a mini-mental exam given by their doctor.  This is an easy way to catch memory loss early.

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