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Some Helpful Tips

    The following tips may be helpful for caregivers and patients in the early stages of the disease:

     

    Tailor tasks to your abilities.

    Keep things simple, realizing that once-simple chores may now take longer. But if you still enjoy them, do them. Develop a routine, and schedule your activities during times of the day when you are best able to handle them.

     

    Make your home safe.

    Tack down rugs, put no-slip tape in the tub and on steps, or use handrails, and put safety switches on stoves and appliances if you have trouble remembering to turn them off.

     

    Eat a well-balanced diet.

    Use nutritional supplements like Ensure if your appetite is diminishing. Try to include plenty of grains, vegetables, and fruits in your diet.

     

    Create the conditions for good sleep.

    If you have trouble sleeping, try getting regular exercise at least several hours before bedtime. Drink a glass of warm milk or read a book to encourage sleep.

     

    Write reminder notes to yourself or keep a daily planner.

    Write down directions to and from a destination, even if it's a familiar trip. Have someone go with you whenever possible.

     

    Stay active.

    Keep busy. Do challenging things like puzzles or word games. Doing so may slow the progress of the disease.

     

    Plan your future while your mind is still clear enough to make important decisions. This is the time to write your will, assign a durable power of attorney, and clear up legal and financial matters.

     

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