With the flu continuing to spread nationwide, imagine adding the virus into the mix when someone is already coping with a chronic illness like Alzheimer's disease. In an effort to help families manage this situation, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today released tips for caregivers of individuals with dementia who believe that they or the people they are caring for have the flu.
The strategies take into consideration a person's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia, which can pose additional care issues. AFA posted its top 20 flu facts on the caregiving section of its web site, www.alzfdn.org .
"Families should minimize possible risk of exposure and prepare for the possibility that their loved ones could contract the virus," said Richard E. Powers, MD, chairman of AFA's Medical Advisory Board and chief of the Bureau of Geriatric Psychiatry, Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
"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," he said.