How Caregivers Can Navigate a Loved One’s Dementia Diagnosis
What Is Dementia?
What Causes Dementia?
Considerations for Dementia Caregivers
- setting boundaries around physical safety, levels of independence, and financial well-being
- determining where an individual with dementia will live, which can come with a range of financial costs and emotional burdens
- balancing risks and benefits of medication to treat dementia, which does not cure the condition but can come with significant side effects.
Tips for Communicating With Individuals With Dementia
How to Talk To Someone With Dementia
Communications Tools and Technology to Help Dementia Patients
Self-Care Tips for Dementia Caregivers
How Dementia Caregivers Can Practice Self-Care
- Ask for help when needed.
- Seek counseling to support mental wellness.
- Take advantage of local services available to assist with caregiving.
- Join a virtual or in-person dementia support group for caregivers.
- Take care of the basics: Nourish yourself, exercise, and sleep well.
- Take breaks during the day.
- Bring in respite care if possible.
- Learn the signs a loved one is experiencing discomfort and their triggers to avoid meltdowns.
Dementia Resources for Caregivers
Dementia Support Groups and Communities
- Alzheimer’s Association: Virtual Support Groups
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: Caregiver Support Groups
- Caregiver Action Network: Care Community
- Dementia Mentors
- Family Caregiver Alliance: Support Groups
- HopeHealth: Find a Caregiver Support Group
- Lewy Body Dementia Caring Spouses
- Lewy Body Dementia Association Social Networking
Dementia Help Lines
Other Dementia Resources
- American Academy of Family Physicians: Caregiver Resources
- Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry: Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
- Cleveland Clinic Healthy Brains: Clinical Trials
- Eldercare Locator: Caregiver Corner
- National Alliance for Caregiving: Resources: Help for Caregivers
- National Institute on Aging: Getting Help With Alzheimer’s Caregiving
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Caring for Dementia: What to Expect