Flu Tips for Caregivers and People with Dementia

From the Alzheimer’s Foundation newsletter.

As both the seasonal flu and H1NI flu continue to dominate health news, are there specific steps caregivers and the individuals with dementia they care for should take to reduce their risk and restore wellness?
AFA this week released 20 educational suggestions for caregivers who believe they might have the flu or individuals with dementia who might have the flu. Concerning a person with dementia, tips include monitoring a person’s fluids, skipping day programs and being prepared for behavioral changes.
“Vigilance and early aggressive treatment for the flu are the best plan of action. Good basic home nursing by the family may reduce the adverse impact to a loved one,” said Richard E. Powers, M.D., chairman of AFA’s Medical Advisory Board who prepared the flu facts.
Meanwhile, a recent study reports that individuals aged 65 and older with dementia have a 50 percent greater mortality rate from influenza than those without dementia.

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