Alzheimer's caregiver

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia might take more strength and patience than you ever imagined. Whether you've been a 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 a person with Alzheimer's disease, consider practical strategies for communicating and keeping him or her safe. At the same time, understand that your challenges will likely grow as the end of life approaches. Consider ways to prepare for the tough choices ahead.

As a 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.

May 14, 2019