Living with Alzheimers
"Dementia" is the general term for memory loss and a reduction in other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with normal daily activities. Alzheimers disease (a neurodegenerative disease) accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimers is one form of dementia. It causes problems with short term memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and can progress over time.
There is no cure, but there are treatments than can help reduce the progression of the disease, and make life more comfortable for patients and their caregivers. Medical attention, family education, and caregiver support is critical. And one goal is to keep Alzheimers patients in their homes as long as possible.
But an Alzheimers patient living alone is a special concern for his family and his caregivers. How does an Alzheimers patient let first responders, friends, and neighbors know his conditions, wishes, and needs if he is confused or unable to communicate?
It's also a concern when he is out of the home.
The solution is myimportantinformation.net. This website stores important information needed in a medical emergency and vital for follow-up needs.
- Identifying information
- Emergency contacts
- Communications, mobility, and medical conditions
- Medical preferences
- Location and types of medications
- Children who need care
- Pets who need care
The caregiver or family member can change the information at any time.
After signup, the caregiver, assistant, or delegate requests a window sticker to alert first responders, two "refrigerator cards," and a wallet card. The cards contain the website address, the subscriber login, and a special password that displays a "First Responder" report. This customized report provides paramedics, EMT's, and hospitals with critically important information such as medical conditions and contacts.
The website allows anyone with access to the "First Responder" report to notify the patient's emergency contacts by email and/or text message that the patient needs assistance.
The wallet card provides the same protection when they are out of the home.
This website helps first responders handle their immediate needs and helps family, friends, or neighbors assist them with the other important aspects of their life: from caring for pets to the location of their important papers.
This security and peace of mind is available for $30.00 a year. It provides help for patients, families, and caregivers.
LINKS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Fisher Center for Alzheimer Research Foundation
Web MD Alzheimer‘s Disease Health Center
Alzheimer's Association of Canada
National Institute on Aging
Family Caregiver Alliance