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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;Continue reading “NIA’s Alzheimer’s Caring Guide in Spanish”

What to do when a person living with Alzheimer’s disease hides things

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may start rummaging or searching through cabinets, drawers, closets, the refrigerator, and other places where things are stored.

Managing sleep problems in people with Alzheimer’s — Tips

Alzheimer’s disease often affects a person’s sleeping habits. It may be hard to get the person to go to bed and stay there. Someone with Alzheimer’s may sleep a lot or not enough, and may wake up many times during the night.

Minimize danger around the house—tips for caregivers

People with Alzheimer’s disease may not see, smell, touch, hear and/or taste things as they used to. Make life safer around the house by: Checking foods in the refrigerator often. Throw out anything that has gone bad. Put away or lock up things like toothpaste, lotions, shampoos, rubbing alcohol, soap, or perfume. They may lookContinue reading “Minimize danger around the house—tips for caregivers”

Make communication easier for a person with Alzheimer’s disease

Check out these 5 tips to make communication easier between you and a person with Alzheimer’s: Make eye contact and call the person by name Be aware of your tone, how loud your voice is, how you look at the person, and your body language Encourage two-way conversation for as long as possible Use otherContinue reading “Make communication easier for a person with Alzheimer’s disease”

Kitchen safety for persons with Alzheimer’s disease

The kitchen is often called the heart of the home. Make it safe for a person with Alzheimer’s with these tips: • Install childproof door latches on storage cabinets and drawers designated for breakable or dangerous items. Lock away all household cleaning products, matches, knives, scissors, blades, small appliances, and anything valuable. • Install safetyContinue reading “Kitchen safety for persons with Alzheimer’s disease”

Tips for healthy eating with Alzheimer’s disease

Help a person with Alzheimer’s disease eat well: Buy healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products. Be sure to buy foods that the person likes and can eat. Give the person choices about what to eat—for example, “Would you like green beans or salad?” Buy food that is easy to prepare, such asContinue reading “Tips for healthy eating with Alzheimer’s disease”

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Caregivers—get helpful resources delivered straight to your inbox! Sign up for the NIA for Caregivers list and receive biweekly e-mails with information and tips about: • Alzheimer’s caregiving • Long-distance caregiving • Caregiver health, and more!