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Caring for Someone

About 15 million people care for a loved one with Alzheimer's in the United States. Knowing what to expect and preparing for the challenges, can help people with Alzheimer's live better with the disease and also stay in their homes longer.

Many caregivers find their role difficult and yet rewarding. Each person's and family's situation is unique, but having good information can help you be ready for the challenges each stage may bring.

Common Challenges and Coping Strategies

Communication

Driving

  • AARP External Web Site Policy developed an online seminar to help determine how to assess a loved one's driving skills and provides tools to start a conversation on limiting or stopping driving.
  • The Alzheimer's Association External Web Site Policy has advice on how to plan ahead and start the conversation on stopping driving.
  • The Mayo Clinic External Web Site Policy provides a list of the warning signs of unsafe driving.

Depression

Difficult Behaviors (Agitation, Wandering, Paranoia)