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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.
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