Tips for Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers

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  • Find out about the disease and how to provide care.

  • Be realistic about the disease and how it affects the person over time.

  • Be realistic about yourself, assess what you value most (e.g. taking a walk with the person you are caring for, spending time alone, having a clean house, etc.).

  • Accept your feelings - it may often feel like a roller coaster ride but recognize that you are doing your best.

  • Share information and feelings with others so they can understand what is happening to you and the person you are caring for.

  • You will need to take a break from time to time - be sure to find time to spend with friends, church groups or social clubs.

  • Be positive, your attitude can affect how you see things and how others see you.

  • Take care of yourself, otherwise you will not be able to take care of anyone else.

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  • Look out for signs of depression in yourself (e.g. lack of appetite, difficulty sleeping, uncontrollable crying, guilt, anger).

  • Early planning for the future can help relieve stress. When the person with Alzheimer's disease is capable, sit down with them to review their finances - discuss health and personal care decisions together.

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Adapted with permission from the brochure entitled Caring for Someone with Alzheimer Disease? Take Care of yourself Too. Developed by the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Where to get help

  • Call your local Alzheimer Society, call 1-800-616-8816 or visit www.alzheimer.ca Ask for a copy of the brochure Caring for Someone with Alzheimer Disease? Take Care of yourself Too.

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