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Alzheimer's Disease Support (cont.)

Support groups for Alzheimer's disease

Support groups can help you know that you are not alone in your frustration, anger, or grief. Joining a support group may help you to cope with the changes and emotions you experience.

  • Ask your physician or clergy member if he or she knows of any support group.
  • Contact a community center, library, residential care facility, or church in your area. Some offer support groups.
  • Call the Area Agency on Aging in your city, county, or state.
  • Ask people you know for suggestions.
  • Local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association

Support for Caregivers of Patient's with Alzheimer's Disease

Patient Comments

If someone you love has Alzheimer's disease (AD), watching the effects of the disease on that person can be difficult. If you are a caregiver, helping your loved one make decisions, maintain hygiene, and deal with the changes he or she is experiencing can be very stressful, even overwhelming at times.

Learning About Alzheimer's Disease

One of the best ways to help someone with Alzheimer's disease is to learn about the disease. This way, you can recognize the changes in behavior, personality, and daily life, and can understand a little what your loved one is experiencing.

Check out the articles and web sites above for excellent information about Alzheimer's disease and tips for caregivers.

Caring for the Alzheimer's Caregiver

Patient Comments

Almost half of people who care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease experience clinical depression. Most caregivers experience high levels of stress. While you take care of someone with Alzheimer's disease, be sure to also take care of yourself.

Maintain a healthy diet.

  • Exercise.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Continue attending social activities.
  • Talk with friends and family members about how you feel.
  • Talk to a counselor or join a support group.
  • Be realistic about what you can do. Don't feel guilty if you can't help in certain ways.
  • Ask others for help. Consider their abilities and interests when asking or prepare a list of things you would like help with and let them choose what they would like to do.
  • Establish a support system to help give you peace of mind.
    • Friends and family members can provide companionship. Ask them to visit once a week or so, depending on how far away they live.
    • Neighbors can check on your loved one. Ask if they will watch out for anything unusual such as the smell of smoke or the sound of an alarm coming from the home.
    • Community organizations often provide companion services.
  • Check out what assistance your community may have available (for example, meal deliveries, respite care, legal aid).
  • Use relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
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