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Fall Prevention and Alzheimer's

Posted on March 08, 2019

Avoiding falls and staying safe at home can help our loved ones with Alzheimer's maintain mobility and comfort at home. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, including declining eyesight, poor muscle tone or balance, medication side effects, or general confusion.

On myALZteam, the social network and online support group for those living with Alzheimer's, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Fall prevention is one of the most discussed topics.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about fall prevention :

Does anyone have any solutions for night wanderers?

My mother has very restless nights, she wakes up between 1am and 5 am and tries to get up out of bed and wander. Our worst nightmare happened three weeks ago when she got up and fell beside her bed and had a displaced fracture of the pelvis.

Husband no longer reads, writes, does puzzles, watches tv....can t find anything for him to do...any suggestions?

Does anyone have any suggestions on making sure my husband makes it to the bathroom...he can't seem to find it anymore 😞

Here are some conversations about fall prevention:

• "I know that leaving him alone for more than a couple of hours is not a good idea he gets into mischief. My fear is that he will get hurt. He has had several falls luckily I’ve been home. Time to look into having someone to call on and sit with him while I’m gone."

• "My mom has been declining these last few weeks with walking. She has fell at least 9 to 10 times this past month. She did have a raging UTI on Sept. 19th but seems better now but still falls."

• "Finding I am second guessing myself....is hubby worse than I think he is....he's unsteady on his feet but no falls recently. I want to do things with him but second guess and dread what will happen during or after the trip....anyone else feel like this?"

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myALZteam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

A myALZteam Member said:

My H has been very unsteady on his feet lately following a brief ER stay earlier this week. I have a doorbell system that’s working well. You plug one… read more

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