Planning activities for people with Alzheimer’s

Here is some information from the National Institute on Aging that may be of help. Doing things we enjoy gives us pleasure and adds meaning to our lives. People with Alzheimer's disease need to be active and do things they…

Adapting Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Doing things we enjoy gives us pleasure and adds meaning to our lives. People with Alzheimer's disease need to be active and do things they enjoy. However, don't expect too much. It's not easy for them to plan their days…

Talking about your health care wishes

After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it is important to start thinking about and documenting your health care wishes. It’s best to have these conversations between you, your family and caregivers, and your medical team early in the disease progression while you…

What can genetics tests tell me about Alzheimer’s risk?

The causes of late-onset Alzheimer's (the most common form of the disease, occurring after age 65) are not yet completely understood, but they likely include a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that affect a person's risk for developing…

Caregivers—have you and the person you care for had these vaccinations?

Caregivers, please talk to your doctor about getting the vaccinations you need.  Also, make sure that the person with Alzheimer’s is also current on the following immunizations: • Flu • Pneumococcal Disease • Tetanus and Diphtheria • Shingles • Measles,…

Help a person with Alzheimer’s prepare for doctor visits

Caregivers play an important role in helping people with mid-to-late stage Alzheimer’s communicate with their doctors. Make the most out of your time with the doctor with these tips: • Make a list of what you and the person with…

End-of-life care options for people with Alzheimer’s

Caring for someone in the final stage of life is always hard. It may be even harder when the person has Alzheimer’s disease. Palliative care provides comfort care, along with any medical treatments a person might be receiving for a…

Caregiver Tips: Managing Personality and Behavior Changes

Personality and behavior changes are common with a dementia syndrome.  Such changes are a common cause for concern for caregivers.  The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) of the National Institute on Aging has created the following 2 page…

Support Options for Long-Distance Caregivers

Many people find themselves caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia from far away. This task can feel especially frustrating as Alzheimer’s progresses and makes it harder to communicate. Here are some ways to find support and manage your…

Now What? Next Steps After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be overwhelming, and it may be hard to know what to do. Now What? Next Steps After a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, an online checklist (available in English and Spanish) from the National Institute on Aging,…