Caring for a person with dementia

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Caring for a person with dementia

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia affects not only the person with the disease, but also those closest to the person, including caregivers, family and friends.

People who are providing care to someone with dementia will experience challenges associated with the disease. There is no right way to provide care and you will need to try different approaches to find what works best for you. Your ability to provide care will be impacted by:

  • Your relationship with the person with dementia
  • The personalities of both the person with dementia and yourself
  • The ability of each of you to adapt to changes caused by the disease, including your physical, emotional, psychological and financial resources
  • Day-to-day expectations that you have, such as being an employee, parent, volunteer, and your place of residence in relation to the person with dementia

Caring for a person with dementia can be frustrating and difficult, but it can also be rewarding. Solving problems and becoming confident in giving care can be satisfying.

As the disease progresses, you may be required to provide different types of support, from assisting with financial decisions to helping the person complete everyday tasks. At times, this may feel overwhelming.

But there is hope. By educating yourself about dementia and caregiving, you have the ability to maintain quality of life for both of you.  

Remember, you are not alone! The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay provides support and information that will help you cope with the challenges of caregiving.

Helpful Links:


We Can Help

First Steps

What to Expect

First Link Learning Series

Fact Sheets:

Caregiving Options

Reducing Caregiver Stress

Ambiguous Loss and Grief in dementia

Fact Sheets for Caregivers


A Handbook for Care

Shared Experiences

Shifting Focus: A Guide to Understanding Behaviour


  • Learn about dementia, its impact and the major transition points in the caregiving journey. Explore our website to gain as much information as you can. Read more...
  • Contact us to find out about services and learning opportunities in your community. Learn more...
  • Educate yourself on what to expect in each stage of the disease and learn tips and strategies on how to provide care. Contact us to learn more about care partner resources and support you can access and check out the Helpful Links on this page for other resources.
  • Seek support from other care partners. Join a support group for tips and strategies on how to maintain your quality of life. Find out more...
  • Plan for the future early in the caregiving journey while the person with dementia can participate. Learn more...
  • Communication: Alzheimer's disease and other dementias diminish the ability to communicate. Learn techniques that allow you and the person with dementia to engage in effective and meaningful interactions. Read about communication and dementia...
  • Maintain a safe environment. A dementia friendly environment will help to connect the person to the past while keeping them safe in the present. Read more...
  • Driving is a tough issue facing the person with dementia and caregivers.  A diagnosis of dementia does not always mean that a person is immediately incapable of driving. What matters, from both a legal and a practical point of view, is if an individual is still able to drive safely. Read more…
  • Look after yourself.  Try to be positive and find joy in everyday things. Know your boundaries in the caregiving role. Read more...

Last Updated: 11/08/2017