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Tips for Taking Action After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

The CEO of The Cottages talks about creating an Alzheimer’s action plan. Frisco, TX, Sept. 30, 2017 – A positive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease may come as a shock to the person and all loved ones involved. Once that initial jolt wears off, however, it is possible for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease in its earlier stages to regain some control by taking an active role in preparing for the future. By putting an “action plan” into place, a loved one can create a valuable gift for family while paving the way for necessary support down the road. “Empowering a loved one to take an active role in creating an action for the future gives them valuable control over decisions that are likely to impact their lives profoundly in the coming months and years,” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “It also provides family members the peace of mind that comes from knowing a loved one’s wishes have been honored as symptoms begin to take their toll.” An action plan may vary based on personal circumstances and needs, but these points may prove important to consider: Getting paperwork in order – During the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease a loved one may be perfectly capable of taking care of legal and financial paperwork. Putting together a will, power of attorney, insurance documents, mortgage papers and other issues paves the road for family to address these issues when necessary. Creating a support team – People living with Alzheimer’s disease may not require much assistance initially, but that is likely to change. Assembling a team...

Falls Prevention Awareness Day: How to Protect Your Loved One

Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults over age 65. For senior adults, falling down can result in hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. A history of falling may also cause your loved one to become too fearful or depressed to maintain an active lifestyle. Today is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, set aside to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. There are a number of things that can cause a senior adult to fall. Some of the most common causes of falls include: Loss of coordination, flexibility and/or balance Vision or hearing loss Side effects of medications, such as dizziness, dehydration or interactions with other meds Environmental factors, such as tripping hazards around the home Chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke or arthritis If you are a caregiver for a loved one, the National Council on Aging recommends taking these six simple steps to help prevent falls and keep your loved one safe and healthy as long as possible: Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay active. Ask your loved ones if they’re concerned about falling. Many older adults recognize that falling is a risk, but they believe it won’t happen to them or they won’t get hurt — even if they’ve already fallen in the past. Encourage your loved one to discuss any concerns about falling, dizziness or balance with their healthcare provider. Assess their current health condition. Is your loved one having trouble remembering to take their medications — or are they experiencing any side effects of those medications? Is it becoming more difficult for your loved...