Caring and Coping for Someone with Memory Loss Finding out that a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease can be stressful, frightening, and overwhelming. As you begin to take stock of the situation, here are some tips that may help:

Ask the doctor any questions you have about Alzheimer’s Disease.

Find out what treatments might work best to alleviate symptoms or address behavior problems. Contact organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center for more information about the disease, treatment options, and caregiving resources.

Some community groups may offer classes to teach caregiving, problem-solving, and management skills. Find a support group where you can share your feelings and concerns. Members of support groups often have helpful ideas or know of useful resources based on their own experiences.

Online support groups make it possible for caregivers to receive support without having to leave home. Study your day to see if a routine can be developed to make things go more smoothly. If there are times of day when the person with AD is less confused or more cooperative, plan your routine to make the most of those moments. Keep in mind that the way the person functions may change from day to day, so try to be flexible and adapt your routine as needed.

Begin to plan for the future. This may include getting financial and legal documents in order, investigating long-term care options, and determining what services are covered by health insurance and Medicare.

Source: National Institute on Aging, one of the Federal government’s National Institutes of Health. –