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Useful Information for Families and Friends of Elderly Persons

  • Register the person with the local Alzheimer’s Association
  • Place the person’s name and telephone number or address within the lining of the person’s clothing
  • Post a visible note on the refrigerator door indicating the person's treating physician and telephone number and any prescribed medications the person may be currently taking
  • Use an identification bracelet or necklace with an identifying tag
  • Encourage the person to carry identification with them
  • Know the person’s daily routine I.E.; who do they visit, where do they walk, where do they shop
  • Ensure there is a responsible caregiver overseeing the family member’s welfare
  • Stay in touch with the family member
  • Continue to assess the person’s mental well being
  • Ensure the person has the mental and physical ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • Maintain the vehicle license number of the person’s vehicle
  • Ensure they are following medical recommendations of their doctor ie; medications
  • Maintain banking and credit account numbers of the person
  • Maintain updated addresses and telephone numbers of the person’s neighbors who may assist you in monitoring the person’s welfare

If you see a person who appears to be lost, wandering or confused immediately notify authorities.