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Alzheimer's Disease Support (cont.)

Dealing with Memory Changes

As Alzheimer's disease progresses, your memory will slowly become worse. Below are some tips to help you deal with these changes.

  • Post a schedule of the things you do every day, no matter how "trivial" they may be. Examples include meal times, exercise, chores, your medication schedule, and bed time.
  • Keep a calendar of appointments. Mark off days to help you keep track of time.
  • Have someone call to remind you of meal times, your medication schedule, and any appointments.
  • Keep a notebook containing important phone numbers, people's names, your address and phone number, directions to your home, and any thoughts or ideas you want to hold on to.
  • Tape important phone numbers next to the phone.
  • Have someone help you label and store medications in a pill organizer.
  • Label photos of important people and people you see most often with their names.
  • Have someone help you organize closets, cupboards, and drawers so that you can find what you need more easily. Label these places with words or pictures that say what is inside.
  • Post reminders where you will be sure to see them (for example, on your bathroom mirror) to make sure appliances are turned off and to lock doors. Have someone call you before you go to bed to make sure these things are done.

Communication

Communicating can be frustrating at times. Let your family and friends know this. Let them know when and how you may need their help and support.

  • When talking, take your time.
  • Ask the person you are talking with to repeat a statement, to speak slowly, or to write down words if you are having trouble understanding.
  • Find a quiet place to talk if there are distractions.
  • Let your family and friends know when something becomes too difficult for you to do on your own, and arrange for others to help you with difficult tasks.
  • Write down your questions or concerns as you think of them; share these with people when you see or talk to them.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2014
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