The "Quick Tips" Index
Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. Research has shown that caregivers themselves often are at increased risk for depression and illness, especially if they do not receive adequate support from family, friends, and the community.
One of the biggest struggles caregivers face is dealing with the difficult behaviors of the person they are caring for. Dressing, bathing, eating, basic activities of daily living, often become difficult to manage for both the person with AD and the caregiver. Having a plan for getting through the day can help caregivers cope. Many caregivers have found it helpful to use strategies for dealing with difficult behaviors and stressful situations. Through trial and error you will find that some of the following tips work, while others do not. Each person with AD is unique and will respond differently, and each person changes over the course of the disease. Do the best you can, and remind yourself to take breaks.
Please feel free to take anything you feel might be helpful to you. Simply print it out, or copy it to your hard drive or disk.
Dealing with the Diagnosis
Hallucinations and Delusions
Visiting the Doctor
Coping with Holidays
Visiting a Person with AD
Choosing a Nursing Home
Gratefully acknowledgement the following Alzheimer's Disease Centers for their valuable contributions of information in preparation of this Caregiver Guide:
Duke University Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
The Johns Hopkins University Alzheimer's Disease Center
U.S. Dept. Of Health & Human Services
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Aging