Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Coping Techniques Take a break or “time out” when you get frustrated or upset. Let it go. Talk with someone to let out feelings, and seek advice. Laugh – look at the lighter side! Know that misplaced items will turn up. Use calendars, watches, and daily lists as reminder aids. Get help with tasks that are causing anxiety or frustration. … Read More

12 Steps for Caregivers

Although I cannot control the disease process, I need to remember I can control many aspects of how it affects me and my relatives. I need to take care of myself so that I can continue doing the things that are important. I need to simplify my lifestyle so that my time and energy are available for things that are really important at this time. I … Read More

Environment and Safety

Environment Routine, Structured, Consistent (e.g., same things at the same time of day) Tranquil, Calm (e.g., limit number of visitors at one time) Continuity (e.g., furniture in the same place, routine schedule, memorabilia within sight) Free of distractions, avoid over-stimulation Avoid under-stimulation (e.g., use music) Orientation / visual cues (e.g., calendars displaying one day at a time) Contrasting colors for … Read More

Communication Challenges

Explore a helpful guide that provides actionable items to foster communication and care for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory loss.

Handling Difficult Situations

How to handle difficult situations of those living with Alzheimer’s Disease, such as refusal to go to the doctor or inability to handle personal finances.

Dealing with Activities of Daily Living

Tips for assisting those living with Alzheimer’s Disease with daily activities, such as bathing and grooming, dressing, eating, toileting, medications.

Managing Behavior Problems

Helpful suggestions that may help you understand and cope with changes in personality and behavior in a person with Alzheimer’s disease.