Fact sheets for caregivers
The Alzheimer Society recognizes the significant investment of time and effort caregivers offer to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Below are some resources to help you better understand Alzheimer’s disease and your role in helping your loved one. For more information on other topics, please visit the brochures and publications.
- Memory loss -Understanding memory loss and strategies to use in your daily life.
- Mild Cognitive Impairment -Recognizing the warning signs and what to do.
- How do I get my relative diagnosed? -The value or early diagnosis and tips on starting the conversation with the person.
For the caregiver
- The caregiving role -The caregiving role throughout the stages of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
- Care for the caregiver -Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver.
- Engaging the person with dementia -strategies to help you plan and provide meaningful activities.
- Maintaining relationships -Understanding how dementia affects relationships and what will help.
- Guilt - How to cope with feelings of guilt.
- Preparing for in-home help and support -Ways to make in-home help and support a positive experience.
- Taking a break -Why it is important to take a break and strategies on how to arrange it.
- When families do not agree -Strategies in minimizing conflict and addressing caregiving issues in a supportive manner.
- Grief related to caregiving -Coping strategies
- Anger/Agitation -Recognizing the warning signs and what to try.
- Disinhibition -Signs and causes of behaviours that are tactless, inappropriate or offensive.
- Hoarding -Understanding reasons for hoarding and strategies for coping.
- Paranoia/Delusions -Understanding paranoia and delusions and some coping strategies.
- Repetitive behaviours -Why they happen and possible ways to respond.
- Sleep disturbances -Why they occur and strategies to prevent them.
- Sundowning -Identifying triggers and some coping strategies.
- Wandering -Understanding why this occurs and how to prevent it.
Finances and future planning
- Care planning checklist
- Getting your legal and financial house in order
- Managing Finances -Suggested strategies for caregivers in protecting assets for the person with dementia.
- Financial Planning -Maximizing income and benefits for the person with dementia.
- Having a back-up plan -Why it's important to have a plan and what to include in one.
- Planning for a day when you can no longer drive -Suggested approaches to help the driver.
Considering Long Term Care
- When a move is necessary -Preparing and supporting the person with dementia.
- Finances and Long Term Care -Frequently asked questions relating to residential care or long term care homes.
After the move to Long Term Care
- Adjustments for the caregiver -Experiences and feelings about the move
- Communicating and working with staff -Strategies to help you in your role as "partner in care"
- Visiting -Suggested activities