3 Health-Prevention Musts for Someone With Dementia

Caregivers are often so focused on the brain that they neglect the rest of their loved one's body, especially during the early phase of dementia care. Families also tend to attribute every health change to the dementia, when in fact these may be ordinary signs of illness that can worsen mental confusion.

Here are three ways to keep up preventive care, hopefully sparing you unnecessary worries later.

1. Take a few hours now to make all the necessary medical appointments for your loved one for the coming year and put them on your calendar. Don't forget dental cleanings, eye exam, annual skin check, and any routine follow-ups, screenings, or immunizations, such as a flu shot.

2. Make sure everyone's hands are washed often. It's so basic -- and yet such an entryway to infection. Your loved one may need more prompts and reminders about hand washing.

3. Make sure health screenings are up to date. Check these 15 medical tests every man should have and 15 medical tests every woman should have.

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio