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Alzheimer's Disease: Living On Your Own
Many people with Alzheimer's disease continue to live successfully on their own for some time. Here are some ideas to help you:
- Speak to your doctor about assistance with things like housekeeping, meal preparation or transportation.
- Talk to your bank manager about "bank at home" services. Arrange for direct deposit of cheques.
- Sort out closets and dresser drawers to make it easy to choose what to wear. Have a family member help you if necessary.
- Leave a set of house keys with a trusting neighbour.
- Use electrical appliances that shut off on their own.
- Install a smoke detector and check the batteries regularly.
- Leave written reminders to yourself like "turn off the stove" or "unplug the iron." Place them where you will see them.
- Label cupboards with words or pictures that describe what is inside, for example, dishes, knives and forks.
- Write telephone numbers in large print and post by the phone. Include people to contact in an emergency.
- Write your address down and post by the phone. Keep a map showing where your home is.
- Accept help when it is offered.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Take your time.
- If something is too difficult, take a break.
[From the Just for You booklet by the Alzheimer Society of Canada. To get a copy, contact your local Alzheimer Society.]
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