Alzheimer's caregiverBy Mayo Clinic staff
The physical and emotional demands facing an Alzheimer's caregiver are daunting. Being an Alzheimer's caregiver might take more strength and patience than you ever imagined. Whether you've been an Alzheimer's caregiver for years or you're just learning to cope with the disease, look to friends, family and community resources for support.
As you care for your loved one, consider practical strategies for communicating with your loved one and keeping your loved one safe. At the same time, understand that the challenges for an Alzheimer's caregiver multiply as the end of life approaches. Consider ways to prepare for the tough choices ahead.
As an Alzheimer's caregiver, it's also important to remember your own needs. Ask for help when you need it, and pay attention to warning signs of caregiver stress.