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Family Caregivers Network understands that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia disease can be very challenging and stressful. Over the next month we will discuss tips to use to keep you organized and prepared when caring for your loved one with this chronic illness.

Family Caregivers Network strives to be a leader in providing families with up to date information about Alzheimer’s and Dementia disease. For more information including reading materials, videos, educational materials, or to schedule a one to one consultation with our Geriatric Care Nurse contact our office at 215-541-9030.

Topics we will discuss over the next month will include:

  1. Medical Directives and Care
  2. Medication Use
  3. Safety tips
  4. Travel tips
  5. Nutrition
  6.  Communication Changes
  7. Dealing with Behaviors
  8. Activities
  9. Personal Hygiene & Dressing
  10. End of Life Decisions

As we age it is important to get our medical health affairs in order. This includes having a Medical Directive and Living Will in place specifying what your wishes are should you become incapacitated to make decisions for yourself. Include in your living will;

  • Artificial Nutrition (tube feeding, hydration, etc.)
  • Breathing Machines
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Antibiotics
  • Blood products

Designate a person or persons to be your Medical and Financial Power of Attorney who will be a responsible, trustworthy individual to honor your wishes and make decisions when you are no longer able to. This person or persons may be family, close friends, or your attorney. This is a very important decision, choose wisely.

Consult with an Attorney familiar with Elder Care and Advance Directives. To locate a qualified Attorney near you or to find out more information about your elder rights go to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Next we will discuss the Medical Care necessary when the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia is made. Stay tuned.

Gerry Fioriglio RN, BS

Geriatric Care Nurse/Professional Patient Advocate