Watch this video, Early-Onset Alzheimer’s: One Couple’s Story brought to my attention by Jami L.Hede, M.S., CCC/SLP. Thanks again Jami. It has really helped me out too, as the old brain is not firing too well today either, and I couldn’t even work out to re-blog!
She made a very important point about yet another disaster waiting to happen for a person with dementia and their family!
This is what she wrote:
‘I’d like to share with you a fascinating clip that I found on YouTube earlier today. It features an interview with a couple about their experiences with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. I was very impressed with their attitude about the disease, and their willingness to give advice to others in their situation. I thought you might enjoy this as much as I did.
The wife said something that I had honestly never considered, but really made me think. It’s not uncommon for a recommendation to be made that a person with dementia wear an identification bracelet/tag of some sort, so that a stranger may be able to render adequate assistance if they become lost or otherwise incapacitated in some way. She said that when she reported getting one of these identification bracelets for her husband, their physician asked her where hers was. And it’s a good point to consider. What if she has an accident while driving home from work? Would the paramedics who took her to the hospital, or the doctors who took care of her there, know that she is the primary caregiver for someone with dementia, and send someone to provide him assistance as well? Hmmm.
Enjoy this informative and enjoyable piece.’