Preparing for the ‘Alzheimer’s Tsunami’ Starts at Home
As our country ages, the need for senior care and resources increases right along with it. We are approaching what some call the “Alzheimer’s Tsunami”, which will require seniors and their families to start preparing now.
According to the Huffington Post, the number of Pennsylvania residents with Alzheimer’s Disease will increase to 320,000 by 2025. There are many options that families have to help their loved ones now or as the need arises in the future.
One of the most serious safety concerns associated with Alzheimer’s Disease at home is medication adherence. It can be difficult to keep up with prescription schedules, especially as they become more complicated through the disease. Medication Management solutions help keep pills sorted and provide caregivers with alerts if they are not taken on time.
Medical Alert Systems are a great way to ensure those with dementia can get help when alone. They aren’t just for falls! Activity Monitoring systems help alert family members of additional concerns with add-ons like smoke detectors, door sensors and more. By observing key activity factors, concerned individuals can avoid safety concerns and anticipate behaviors.
Though introducing new technology can be done at any point in the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, it is important to start as soon as possible. Starting a routine early on may be easier to learn and become accustomed to. Waiting until the moderate stages of the disease may be more difficult due to the decreased cognition and short term memory loss that many people experience.
Starting to use the SimpleMed+, for example, at diagnosis will allow the user to learn how to use the system properly. It will become part of their daily routine and likely will continue to be used throughout cognitive decline.
STAAR Alert is here to help you in every stage of Alzheimer’s Disease. Don’t wait for the tsunami to hit! Our knowledgeable team is ready to help at STAARAlert.com or 800-338-7114.