Why Alzheimer's Bracelets?
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ON BLOOD THINNER
Less embarrassing ways to label ID Tag’s for early stage memory problems with softer, more respectful wording such as:
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
• A better chance of benefiting from treatment
Save money on sets while saving your loved ones
What You Need to Know: Alzheimer’s & 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.
Why a "hard-to-remove" medical bracelet is safer
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
Once they are past this stage, they will continue into Moderate and Severe Dementia due to Alzheimer’s. At this point they will:
Once the later stages set in, it’s not uncommon for loved ones to lose their sense of self.
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.