How can caregivers take care of themselves?

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Care for your physical health by eating healthy food, exercising as often as you can, and asking for help when you need it.
Join a caregiver support group to connect with others. Look for local services that might be available to you using the search tool at Eldercare.gov.
Make plans with friends and family, keep up with your hobbies, and spend time participating in activities you enjoy.

Get more resources and information for Alzheimer’s caregivers.

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Defeat Depression in Caregivers

Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward

Published on Oct 2, 2017

In a 2017 report, a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine evaluated the most rigorous, up-to-date research on how to prevent cognitive decline and dementia, as well as recommended ways to conduct future prevention research. This video, featuring several members of the committee, highlights the report’s conclusions and recommendations.

Encouraging but Inconclusive: Interventions that May Help Prevent Cognitive Decline and Dementia

Published on Oct 2, 2017

In a 2017 report, a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine evaluated the most rigorous, up-to-date research on how to prevent cognitive decline and dementia, as well as recommended ways to conduct future prevention research. This video, featuring several members of the committee, outlines the three interventions named by the committee: cognitive training, blood pressure management for those with hypertension, and increased physical activity.

NIA’s Alzheimer’s Caring Guide in Spanish

Looking for Alzheimer’s caregiving information in Spanish?

Check out Cómo cuidar a una persona con la enfermedad de Alzheimer: Una guía fácil de usar del Instituto Nacional Sobre el Envejecimiento.

This new book from the National Institute on Aging (part of the National Institutes on Health) has helpful tips on topics including: changes in behavior; wandering; healthy eating and exercise; and caregiver health.

Copies are available to order for free on our website, or read the new Alzheimer’s caregiving information in Spanish online.

National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2017 Update

The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2017 Update is now available here.

Achieving the vision of eliminating the burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias requires goals. The five goals that form the foundation of the National Plan are:

  1. Prevent and Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias by 2025.
  2. Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency.
  3. Expand Supports for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and their Families.
  4. Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement.
  5. Track Progress and Drive Improvement.

The activities outlined in this National Plan Update vary in scope and impact, and include:

  1. Immediate actions that the Federal Government has taken and will take;
  2. Actions toward the goals that can be initiated by the Federal Government or its public and private partners in the near term; and
  3. Longer-range activities that will require numerous actions by federal and non-federal partners to achieve.

The National Plan was never designed to be a “Federal Plan”. Active engagement of public and private sector stakeholders is critical to achieving these national goals.

For more information about ongoing or previously completed projects, please consult Appendix 3: Implementation Milestones.

How Alzheimer’s affects the brain

In Alzheimer’s disease, changes to the brain likely start a decade or more before memory and other cognitive problems appear. This new video developed by the National Institute on Aging shows what we’ve learned about the brain in Alzheimer’s, and where research on treating or curing the disease is headed.

Learn more about what happens to the brain during Alzheimer’s disease.