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Doctor insights on: Wandering And Alzheimer's

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I care foran alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

I care foran alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

Functional analysis: Reduce hazards--throw rugs, cords, install night lights, gates at stairwells. Provide a place to wander safely. Install alarms & locks--pressure-sensitive mats, warning bells on doors, child proof covers on doorknobs or second lock out of line of sight. Disguise exits--curtains, stop sign, mirror, or large poster. Have them wear a gps device or emergency bracelet. Remove triggers-hat, coat, keys. ...Read more

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Wandering (Definition)

1.Walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way. 2.Move slowly away from a fixed point or place: "please ...Read more


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I care for an alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

I care for an alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

Prevent it: There are various ways to prevent wandering. Try engaging the person and distracting him/her if he/she wants to go out. Lock the door, or mask the exit. You will get more information at http://www.Alz.Org/care/alzheimers-dementia-wandering.Asp#tips. ...Read more

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Placment safe for alzheimer's patient?

Placment safe for alzheimer's patient?

It depends: Safe placement depends on severity of alzheimer's disease. If the patient may engage in dangerous behaviors, e.g., using appliances incorrectly, wandering, he/she may need a supervised environment in an assisted living or nursing home. ...Read more

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Is nattokinase helpful to alzheimer's patients?

NO: Nattokinase is said to be of value for vascular and cardiac issues. Suppose if a patient had a dementia due to small strokes in addition or instead of alzheimer's approach might be considered, but this preparation does not seem to provide any real benefit for the true alzheimer's patient. ...Read more

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What kinds of treatments are availble for alzheimer's patients?

What kinds of treatments are availble for alzheimer's patients?

State of the art: Early alzheimer's might benefit from medical foods, which include axona and cerefolin-nac. Also, aricept, Exelon pill/patch, galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) and Namenda may be useful. None a cure, merely symptomatic support and modest control. ...Read more

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Can Valium help calm alzheimer's patients?

Can Valium help calm alzheimer's patients?

Rx for Alzheimer's: Normally, valium and ativan (lorazepam) are not very helpful for people with Alzheimers. These medicines, which are sometimes used to relieve anxiety, may have paradoxical effects in people with dementia. They may cause them to feel excessively sleepy or irritable. Most providers who handle people with these illnesses use antipsychotics in gentle doses. Quetiapine is an example. ...Read more

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How do I caregive for an alzheimer's patient?

Depending how sick: Early alzheimer's is difficult to diagnose because pts. Are still very independent. It is important to supervise them often and as time passes by more and more close observation to the point that they will require 24/7 observation. Somebody needs to verify their bills are paid, they don't forget appointments or dates, they don't fall or get sick, check they eat & take meds. , shower or wash. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for an alzheimer's patient?

May vary: Often said to be roughly 10-15 yrs after diagnosis, but could be shorter period of time depending on age of diagnosis, and co-morbidities. The alzheimer's meds on the market do not seem to change life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is anxiety common in patient's with alzheimer's disease?

Common: I've seen anxiety as a common symptom of ad. It never has the depth that anxiety has in younger patients i.e. To explore psychosocial factors and give simple medication treatments. It is most likely a CNS connection but look at vascular and other organ systems for imbalance. Some older people are more affected by the somatic. Consider depresson and psychotic features. Treat symptoms, low doses. ...Read more

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