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Dementia

Dementia Pill Strategy for Seniors

Dementia Pill Strategy for Seniors

What is Dementia

Why is a dementia pill strategy so important in managing dementia?    Dementia is when your short term memory is impaired on a daily basis. This is not to be confused with AIMM’s (Age Induced Medication Mistakes). The Dementia  suffers may simply forget to take their medication altogether, or forget if they have already taken .  Medication mistakes can often be fatal.

Dementia Pill Strategy comes First

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Medication errors are a typical symptom of Dementia.  When you see loved ones making medication mistakes  you should be worried.  This is not like forgetting to pay the electric bill.  Medical mistakes lead to 210,000 Americans  preventable hospital deaths every year.  Medication errors are the Number 3 leading cause of death, behind cancer and heart disease.  These normal difficulties in medication compliance are made 1000 times worse with Dementia.

Heart Disease is a Trigger

Controlling blood pressure may protect against dementia. New Studies were preformed.  Patients brains were scanned  that showed scarring which is linked to Dementia. Those scars start building up in middle age from High blood pressure.  It can be years or even decades before problems start.  Scientists say that some of the same issues that cause heart disease increase the risk of dementia.    High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes  and lack of exercise are some of the triggers.

 

Dementia Pill Strategy
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Smart Pill Reminder can help with missing pills.

A Smart Pill reminder should be part of the tools used to fight the diseases progressions.  Even people without memory problems find ta smart pill reminder useful and managing their pills.  The pill reminder will make sure the take the right pills at the right times.  Just as important, it will keep the Dementia sufferer for taking 3,4 or more pills at the same time.  Some Pill remainders lock or have flashing and beeping programmed reminders

Telephone reminder services are useful for suffers.

Telephone reminder services are useful for suffers . The problem is that people tell the service that they have taken their pills when they haven’t.  This is why a smart  pill box  is better solution.  You may want to “Google” pill reminder to see the different options available..

Smart Phone Apps

There are apps that can be put on smart phones to act as a pill reminder.  These are usually very inexpensive.  They work better than posti-notes.  The problem with dementia sufferers is that they forget.  From the time the app reminds them to take their pills, they have already been distracted and then forget.  This is a good idea for seniors suffering from normal memory loss.

The first thing you need to do for a dementia suffer is to develop a personalized Dementia pill strategy.   This is one of the most important decisions you can make in helping your loved one travel the demetia road.  For more information visit MedQ’s Blog.

 

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