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The most recent Town Hall Forum, “Dementia Dialogues: A Panel Discussion with Specialized Geriatric Physicians,” provided useful information and resources for family caregivers.

Our panelists and moderator covered a multitude of topics. Here are a few resources that were discussed.

Dr. Teja Singh, Board-Certified Geriatrician, referenced the Beers Criteria List; a list of medications that are potentially inappropriate for older adults. Should your loved one’s medication appear on this list, you may want to discuss with their primary physician.

Also, discussed were the stages of Alzheimer’s. A helpful list from Alzheimer’s San Diego can be found here:  Signs and Stages of Alzheimer’s disease to better understand the stages.

Families with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia find the topic of driving a challenging one to tackle. The DMV provides useful guides for your reference:

DMV Senior Driving Page

DMV Senior Guide for Safe Driving

In addition, the Auto Club (AAA) has a website dedicated to safe senior driving: AAA Senior Driving Safety

If you live in San Diego County, it is highly recommended to register your loved one in the Take Me Home program. It’s easy to do and could save a life.

To learn about the next Town Hall Forum, please sign up for emails here.

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