Why an Alzheimer's Bracelet?

A medical ID bracelet tells first responders, or someone nearby, to make quick decisions necessary to prevent life threatening problems. For Alzheimer's or Dementia it will also help get them back to safety. See Beginners Guide
An engraved medical ID must be short and easy to understand for paramedics and doctors.
Tag example:
ON BLOOD THINNER
PACEMAKER-NO MRI
FORGETFUL
ICE: 818-888-0000
Less embarrassing ways to label ID Tag’s for early stage memory problems with softer, more respectful wording such as:
1. FORGETFUL
2. MEMORY ISSUES
3. MEMORY IMPAIRED
4. MEMORY LOSS
5. ALZ (short for Alzheimer’s)
Use "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) cell phone numbers on Tags to get confused or lost loved ones back home safely. 

See Abbreviations 
List critical medical issues: Blood Thinners, "PACEMAKER", "AFIB", "DIABETES" and more. See Med Terms
Put bracelet on the “writing hand” so the more difficult-to-handle patients will find it harder to remove by themselves.

How best to deal with Alzheimer's & Dementia

Get a bracelet early so they understand why they need the bracelet, and they'll be less inclined to remove it later on. 
Get one they'll like to wear.  It may help to have them participate to feel included in their own care. Doing everything for them can make them feel more helpless. 
Measure their wrists carefully so the fit is perfect and is as snug as possible, but still comfortable. In later stages, if the bracelet is uncomfortable, they're more likely to pull it off.
If too loose—the medical bracelet may be too easily pulled off of their wrists which removes their only "safety-line".

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is important

Getting the definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s early is important for both the patient and families because the cause of the disease is still fairly unknown. This makes it difficult to prevent Alzheimer’s in your adult life as well as making it difficult to treat especially if the disease is far along. Some benefits to be aware of for recognizing the disease early on are:
• A better chance of benefiting from treatment
• More time to plan for the future
• Lessened anxieties about unknown problems
• An opportunity for the patient to participate in decisions about care, transportation, living options, financial and legal matters
• Time to develop a relationship with doctors and care partners
• Benefit from care and support services, making it easier for them and their family to manage the disease. 

Alzheimers Bracelet can save a loved one when every second counts


Hard-to-remove ONE-PRICE ALZ SETS:
Includes bracelet, tag and engraving. Special sisterhook clasp and construction keeps loved ones safer than any ordinary medical bracelet.

What You Need to Know: Alzheimer’s & Dementia

The difference between Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss that comes naturally with aging can sometimes be hard to distinguish. All are notable problems for older adults although they often are used interchangeably and thus, inaccurately. There is a lot that is unknown about these problems, which is often why they're mixed up in everyday conversation.


Dementia

Dementia is the umbrella term that encompasses impairment of memory and/or thought processes enough to interfere with every day activity. It is a general term often used to describe a set of symptoms associated with a decline in memory processing meaning that the term “dementia” is not in and of itself an illness. Though, it can be caused by a number of underlying problems such as Blood Flow problems to the brain, Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects parts of the brain that specifically control thought, memory, and language. People with AD often show signs of confusion, personality/mood changes, memory loss, trouble communicating, and impaired visual recognition of words and objects. One major difference between general dementia and Alzheimer’s dementia is that Alzheimer’s is not reversible where some forms of dementia are reversible.

Why a specially constructed medical bracelet is safer


Hard to remove for safety:
Experience tells us that special construction for Alzheimer’s bracelets is the best way to keep mom and dad safe. Features such as a scissor “sisterhook” clasp and a firmly attached ring helps keep your loved ones safer than standard medical bracelets.
When they can't speak, paramedics and police need to see a medical bracelet. So make sure it's attached firmly to the wrist since they always look there first.
With only seconds to save a life, doctors and paramedics have no time for phone calls in a true "medical emergency". They must decide quickly what can and cannot be done. Only in a "non-medical emergency" will the police make a call to return your loved ones.
Must be worn 24/7 and withstand water conditions such as chlorine or salt water. This means a stainless steel medical bracelet is the best choice. Avoid beaded bracelets for memory patients.
If you are the “ICE” number recipient, make sure you have a Med info card that lists all medical issues for loved ones, so when called, you can provide useful help. 
What you need for DNR: Most states will not accept a “DNR” from an ID tag without special paperwork or registration back-up. Check with local paramedics and hospitals for what is needed to honor a “Do Not Resuscitate” request.

 

There are five stages of progression

1. Memory loss of recent events
2. Difficulty with problem-solving or complex tasks
3. Personality changes (withdrawn, irritable, quick to anger, lower attention span, etc.)
4. Difficulty expressing thoughts
5. Getting lost or misplacing things more often
Once they are past this stage, they will continue into Moderate and Severe Dementia due to Alzheimer’s. At this point they will:
• Become increasingly confused to the point of mistaking friends for family members (and vice versa)
• Wander in search of places that may feel more “right” or become lost
• Forget details of their personal life or fill in the blank areas with made up stories 
• Need help with daily activities such as bathing or grooming  
• Begin to undergo significant changes in personality to the point where they develop unfounded suspicions surrounding family members/friends
Once the later stages set in, it’s not uncommon for loved ones to lose their sense of self.
It's now even more crucial to have a medical bracelet in case they wander outside, get lost, and forget where they are or who they are with, or any other myriad of problems that can arise.

Age-Associated Memory Loss

This is not uncommon when growing older. But sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between “normal” memory loss and dementia. Examples of normal behavior for someone who is experiencing age-related memory loss would be making a poor decision every once and a while, missing bill payments, forgetting what day it is and recalling later, forgetting a word they want to use in speech, or losing things.
Behavior to be concerned about would be an inability to manage their finances, losing track of the month or season, difficulty carrying on a conversation, poor judgment skills, and misplacing items without being able to retrace their steps.
Changes in personality like becoming depressed or irritable when those individuals haven’t been that way before, can be an initial indicator of something more serious.