Alzheimer's Playbook for Care Givers

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

Amid all of the a complex research in the Alzheimer's field, research involving genetics, neuro-chemesty, imaging, and bio-markers, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the simplest and most practical advances sometimes come from the labor of experience.

And so it is with care giving.

I wanted to draw attention to an excellent resource, based completely on direct, first-hand experience in caring for an Alzheimer's patient. I refer to Coach Broyle's Playbook for Alzheimer's Care Givers. You can download it here for free.

Inside you will find practical tips related to:
- Pacing
- Late afternoon behavior
- Refusing care
- Using the bathroom
- Dressing
- Home safety
- Wandering
- Communication
- In the car
- Eating
- Survival Tips

This resource is extremely direct and accessible and, though short, is crammed full of useful tips that were born of personal experience. To my knowledge, it is not based on any sophisticated scientific analysis but on the the pressure and necessity of finding solutions to everyday problems in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

Please pass this along to anyone who you think might benefit from reading it.

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