Health Watch - Alzheimer's Disease: At Home

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about Alzheimer’s disease. Previously, we discussed research into developing a vaccine for the disease. Until that comes to fruition, patients and their caregivers must learn to cope with the disease. Coping begins at home.

Although living with Alzheimer’s disease isn’t easy, keeping the house clean and uncluttered can make life easier. Kristin Martin-Cook, clinical research coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says too many choices and obstacles can overwhelm people with Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, keep things simple. Clear out closets, leaving a few favorite, comfortable outfits. Move or get rid of furniture to make sure there are clear pathways. Arrange lighting to eliminate dark corners and to illuminate important areas like bathrooms. But you don’t have to clear out everything. Keep out photos and mementos that might stimulate memories.

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November 2010


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