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

. Once a hazard is identified, keep modifications simple and to a minimum to reduce disruption to individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

-- On abuse -- Carefully screen potential caregivers, including examining criminal records, prior employment and references, and then observe the situation once the employee or volunteer comes on board. The warning holds true whether caregivers are found via agencies or the so-called gray market, and whether they are family, friends or strangers.

Currently, it is estimated that more than five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and the incidence is expected to triple by mid-century. Alzheimer's disease, which causes loss of memory and other cognitive functions, is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of hundreds of member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. AFA's services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine, and professional training. For information, call (toll-free) 866-AFA-8484 or visit http://www.alzfdn.org.


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