Medication mistakes are a classic early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some quick ideas of what you can do to help your loved one.
Switch to a day-of-the-week pill dispenser. Some versions lock or have self-timers.
Consider telephone reminders for people early in the disease.
Look into medication reminders that are built into other high-tech monitoring systems.
Whatever dispenser you choose, make pill-taking part of the daily routine by linking it to another habit such as brushing teeth.
Make sure you understand what each drug being taken is used for and the proper dosing schedule, as well as possible side effects.
Keep a master list of medications taken.
Lock up or store out of reach all extra medications.