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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 or 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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