Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Tips for Family Caregivers

tips for family caregivers

Tips for Family Caregivers

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is physically, emotionally and financially challenging. The demands of day-to-day care, changing family roles and making difficult decisions on behalf of a family member can be hard to handle.

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone.
  2. Ask for help when you need it. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.
  3. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one: maintain a healthy diet, exercise, get plenty of sleep and see your own doctor as needed.
  4. Maintain your religious beliefs and spiritual values.
  5. Take breaks each day.
  6. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
  8. Organize medical information so it’s up to date and easy to find.
  9. Make sure legal documents are in order.
  10. Finally, give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!