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How Alzheimer’s Caregivers Can Help a Loved One Cope with Changes in Intimacy

Alzheimer’s disease can cause changes in intimacy for a person with the disease as well as their caregivers. Most people with Alzheimer’s disease need to feel that someone loves and cares about them. As a caregiver, here are a few ways to help someone with Alzheimer’s cope with changes in intimacy

  • Let the person know you love them.
  • Reassure the person that you will keep them safe.
  • Remind the person that other people also care about them.
  • Encourage them to talk with a health care professional about changes or concerns, such as side effects from medications that affect sexual interest.

Read more about changes in intimacy in Alzheimer’s disease on NIA’s website. This information is also available in Spanish.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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