Alzheimer’s and the need for safety.

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Alzheimer’s and the need for safety.

Alzheimer’s and the need for safety.

 

Safety is important for everyone, but the need for a comprehensive safety plan is particularly important for a person with Alzheimer’s as the disease progresses.

 

Alzheimer’s disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect safety. Depending on the stage of the disease, these can include:

  • Judgement: forgetting how to use household appliances.
  • Sense of time and place: getting lost on one’s own street.


  • Behavior: becoming easily confused, suspicious or fearful.
  • Physical ability: having trouble with balance,
  • Senses: experiencing changes is vision, hearing, sensitivity to temperature or depth perception.

 

Taking measures to improve safety can prevent injuries and help a person with dementia feel more relaxed, less overwhelmed and maintain his or her independence longer.

 

Visit alz.org/safety for a comprehensive offering on safety information, tips and resources.

 

 

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