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Dr. Lisa Ashe is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician and founder of Be Well Medical Group (Be Well). Be Well provides concierge medical services to patients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan areas. Dr. Ashe launched Be Well based on years of experience as a traveling physician and her observations in multiple clinical environments.

She noticed that in the current healthcare climate, many of the critical needs of patients are not being addressed due to limitations imposed by physicians or insurance providers. With a primary focus on patient care and satisfaction, Be Well is a high touch membership practice that truly addresses the concerns of every patient by offering the convenience of same day and next day appointments at the patient’s desired location or her practice in Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Ashe completed her medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Thereafter, she completed her internship at Georgetown University and her residency at George Washington University and Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is a member of American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, and American College of Physicians. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at the Virginia Union University Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology.

What Caregivers Need to Know about Alzheimer’s

  • Things to remember about activities
    • Keep instructions simple.
    • Let them do as much as they can by themselves and assist only when necessary.
    • Provide helpful cues.
  • Routine is important
    • It is always best to establish a routine with which the person can become familiar.
    • Choose times for activities in which the person is normally at their best and stick to those times.
    • Chaos and unfamiliarity can be setbacks for Alzheimer’s patients.
  • Nutrition/ Exercise is essential
    • If your loved one’s food intake is deceased, you can use supplements.
    • Helps prevent constipation caused by some Alzheimer’s medications.
    • A great way to keep your loved one moving is physical therapy or walking if possible.
  • Ways to boost memory
  • Keep a notebook with important information such as phone numbers, addresses, list of medical problems and medications.
  • Use sticky notes/ reminders
  • Use photos with names of loved ones and friends.
  • Medication reminders.

Safety

  • Remove things that could endanger them such as car keys, matches, caustic items, etc.

Limitations

  • Caregivers must know their own physical and emotional limitations, and tend to their own well-being to prevent burn out.

You can find Dr. Lisa Ashe on Twitter: @bewellmed, @drlisaashe

On Facebook: Be Well Medical Group

On Instagram: @bewellmed

Click over to see Dr. Ashe’s answers to your questions about Alzheimers’disease.

 

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