Alzheimer's: How to help a caregiver

Alzheimer's care is a round-the-clock job. When you offer to help an Alzheimer's caregiver, be specific — and gently persistent.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Alzheimer's caregivers need all the support they can get. If you know someone who's caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, here's how to help.

Be specific

General offers of help can be hard for a caregiver to accept because they aren't specific. If you want to support a friend who is caring for a loved one, make a concrete offer. For example:

  • "I'm going to the grocery store. What can I pick up for you?"
  • "I've got a couple of hours free tomorrow afternoon. May I sit in for you while you run errands or take time for yourself?"
  • "I doubled my meatloaf recipe so that I could share it with you. I brought enough to last you for several meals."
  • "Do you need some laundry done? I can pick it up today and bring it back clean tomorrow."
  • "Does your yard need to be mowed? I'd be happy to take care of it this weekend."
July 09, 2015 See more In-depth