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Caring and Coping: A Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Assistance

What's Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

It is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. It accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

It is not a normal part of aging and dementia symptoms worsen over time. There is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, though there are treatments for symptoms.

What are the warning signs?

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia or are experiencing symptoms, help is just a phone call away.

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900

A trusted resource for reliable information, education, referral and support to millions of people affected by the disease.

Broward 2-1-1: Dial 2-1-1 or 954-537-0211

Provides individuals and families with all of the critical connections to health and human service agencies and programs they need in just one call.


  
Link to 2018 Autism Awareness Infographic PDF
Link to Wes Law Flyer PDF

Wes's Law

Just because an individual may not look like they have a disability, does not mean they do not. The Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act, also known as Wes’s Law, is a first-of-its-kind law that provides protections for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interviewed or questioned by law enforcement.

What you need to know:

  • The law allows suspects or victims on the autism spectrum— or their parents, guardian or advocate—to request a mental health expert be present during law enforcement interviews or questioning to help them better understand the situation.
  • It also creates a voluntary new designation on state identification cards that makes it easier for law enforcement to identify those with a developmental disability so we can better interact with them.

“Wes’s Law is a great first step in treating those struggling with disabilities with dignity. At BSO, we vow to stay at the forefront of new policies and initiatives aimed at providing added protections for this special population.” - Sheriff Scott Israel


  
BSO: Think before you post

THINK BEFORE YOU POST BECAUSE IT WON'T BE YOUR PHONE THAT GOES TO JAIL

  • FACT: Actions HAVE consequences!
  • FACT: You CAN be charged!
  • FACT: You CAN go to jail!
  • FACT: You CAN ruin your life!
(cell phone text conversation)
  • Tmrw EVERYONE will pay...
  • This time I'm not messing around
  • Is this for real?
  • FYI posting & reposting threatening msgs is a crime
Link to Back-to-School Infographic (text version below)

Back to School Safety Tips A Broward Sheriff's Office Guide

  • Walk the school route with your children beforehand. Choose the most direct way, and be sure the route has sufficient sidewalks, lighting and crossing guards.
  • Absent a crossing guard, be sure your child knows when it is safe to cross the street and to obey all traffic signals.
  • Provide your child with a phone number where you can be reached.
  • When waiting for a bus, your child should always stand on the curb away from the roadway. Always remain seated while on the bus.
  • When biking, be sure your child has a helmet and appropriate safety pads.
  • Ensure your child walks in a group and instill in them to “Never talk to strangers.”
  

  
  
  

  

  

  
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Safety Tips A Broward Sheriff's Office Guide

  • BSO's Vacation Home Watch program: Deupties will perform a daily check for sighns of break-in or suspicious activity; Call or stop by our district office
  • Ask neighbors to keep an eye out
  • Share vacaton fun on social media once you return
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home
  • Use flameless cancles
  • Buckle up, slow down, don't drive impaired.  Designate a driver who won't drink.
  • Be well rested and alert while driving
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area
  • Always pay close attention while cooking
  • Cut carefully! A slip of the knife can cause serious injury
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water to prevent spread of illness
  • Follow turkey fryer equipment instructions or leave it to the professionals
  • Pets can be harmed by alchol, chocolate, fatty foods, and sharp bones
  • If a child is missing, check the water first

  

  

  

  

  

  

  
  
  

  

  

  
  
  

  
  
Link to SaferWatch Card

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SEND SOMETHING

School safety is BSO�s top priority. But we need your help.

Bullying, perceived threats, suspicious activity - the SaferWatch App gives you the power to record or report non-emergency incidents as they happen in the hallways, classrooms or courtyards of your school. Students, parents and teachers now have the ability to communicate with law enforcement seamlessly on a secure network.

Link to SaferWatch Poster

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SEND SOMETHING

School safety is BSO's top priority. But we need your help.

The SaferWatch Mobile App gives you the power to record or report non-emergency incidents like bullying, perceived threats or suspicious activity as they happen in the hallways, classrooms or courtyards of your school. Students, parents and teachers now have the ability to communicate with law enforcement seamlessly on a secure network.

Learn more at: BrowardAlerts.com

Link to SaferWatch Flyer

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SEND SOMETHING

School safety is BSO's top priority. But we need your help.

Bullying, perceived threats, suspicious activity - the SaferWatch App gives you the power to record or report non-emergency incidents as they happen in the hallways, classrooms or courtyards of your school. Students, parents and teachers now have the ability to communicate with law enforcement seamlessly on a secure network.

DOWNLOADING AND USING SAFERWATCH IS AS EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE.

  1. Download SaferWatch from the App Store or Google Play and select any school within Broward County
  2. Record or report an incident or anonymous tip
  3. BSO personnel will receive the information and take the appropriate action

Learn more at: BrowardAlerts.com


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Broward's Sheriff's Office
2601 West Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

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