3 Smart Tips for Making Sure Someone With Dementia Takes Medications Properly

1. Stay nearby someone with dementia when giving meds. You want to be sure they're taken and not ignored, thrown away, or fed to the dog.

2. Make sure your loved one drinks enough water. Not drinking enough can cause pills to become lodged in the esophagus, sometimes causing a damaging "burn" or leading to choking. If you simply set a glass down next to the pills, the person with dementia might forget to sip after the first swallow. Keep gently reminding him or her to take a drink until the glass is finished.

3. Don't let the person lie down immediately. It's smart to stay upright in a chair for 15 or 20 minutes after taking meds.

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