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Caregiver Magazine Urges Preventive Measures Against Wandering, Falls, Abuse
Date:2/6/2008

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NEW YORK, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- When Elda Jackson of Fonthill, Ontario got a call from the police that her husband had tried to enter a house that he mistakenly thought was his own, she knew she had to take action. Her husband, LaVern, had gone missing several times since he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004, but this time the situation had really gotten out of control.

"I was an absolute dishrag. I worked full-time, and I didn't have respite care. You can't be in two places at once," said Jackson, who since has instituted various safety measures that offer some peace of mind.

Jackson's story is part of a special section in the winter 2008 issue of care ADvantage magazine on how to protect individuals with dementia. The section addresses strategies to prevent wandering, as well as ways to reduce falls and head off potential abuse by unethical caregivers.

care ADvantage is published quarterly by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and is the nation's first magazine specifically written for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. The magazine, now in its fourth year of publication, is available by free subscription to caregivers and distributed to doctors' offices, long-term care facilities, K-Mart pharmacies and other venues. To subscribe, visit http://www.afacareadvantage.org or call 866-232-8484.

"We hear from caregivers all the time that safety is a monumental concern. There are risks that they deal with day to day, and strategies that may have worked one minute might not work the next due to the progression of Alzheimer's disease and behavior and cognitive changes," said Eric J. Hall, president and chief executive officer of the AFA.

"Our goal through care ADvantage and AFA's other resources is to give families the best a
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SOURCE Alzheimer's Foundation of America
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