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.