About 15 million people care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s in the U.S.
Alzheimer’s disease affects 1 in every 3 American families
As a caregiver, it is important to remember to take care of yourself while caring for your loved one. While this is a difficult time, you are not alone.
Learning that someone you care about has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be life changing. Coming to terms with the diagnosis requires time. Immediate reactions of denial and fear are normal and may help you and the person diagnosed process the grief you are feeling. At this point, it is important to understand the process of acceptance, the meaning of finding your purpose and how you can also get support.
In the early stage of Alzheimer's, most people function independently. He or she may still drive, take part in social activities, volunteer, and even work. Your role as care partner is an important one: to provide support and companionship, and help plan for the future.
The middle stages of Alzheimer's are typically the longest and can last for many years. As Alzheimer's progresses, the person with Alzheimer's will require a greater level of care. During this time, it's important to get the support you need as a caregiver.
The late stage of Alzheimer's disease may last from several weeks to several years. As the disease progresses, intensive, around-the-clock care is usually required. Since care needs are extensive during the late stage, they may exceed what you can provide at home, even with additional assistance. This may mean moving the person into a facility in order to get the care needed.
Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!
Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one
Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you
Learn how to communicate effectively
Organize medical and legal information so it’s up-to-date and easy to find
Organize medical and
legal information so
it’s up-to-date and
easy to find
Read your favorite books or stories with them out loud
Take photos of your loved one and create a collage
Visit with a well-behaved pet
Play your loved one’s favorite music
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