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.