Coping with Changes in Memory and Thinking

Dementia includes a range of symptoms that can make it difficult to think clearly. As symptoms of Alzheimer’s and related dementias get worse, daily tasks that once seemed simple can become a challenge to complete. Fortunately, there are practical steps you can take to help with these changes in memory and thinking.

Consider adopting these habits to help make daily tasks easier now and in the future. You can:

  • Write down to-do lists, appointments, and events in a notebook or calendar.
  • Set up automated bill payments and consider asking someone you trust to help manage your finances.
  • Have your groceries delivered.
  • Manage your medications with a weekly pillbox, a pillbox with reminders (like an alarm), or a medication dispenser.
  • Ask your doctor to provide a care plan and write down care directions (or have a family member or friend take notes during the visit).

Find these tips for everyday tasks for people living with dementia on Alzheimers.gov.

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