Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
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
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
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.
Alzheimer disease (Alzheimer’s disease, AD), the most common cause of dementia1, isan acquired cognitive and behavioral impairment of sufficient severity that markedly interferes with social and occupational functioning.