For most people, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia is a new and intimidating experience. It’s ok if you don’t have all the answers, but it’s helpful to approach your care role with an attitude of learning.

Learn as much as you can about the disease itself, how to plan ahead, what care options are available, ways to minimize symptoms, how to take care of yourself, and ways to help make your community more Alzheimer’s-friendly.

The Basics

There’s a lot to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, but if you’re new here, it’s helpful to start with a basic understanding of the diagnosis process, symptoms and stages, and answers to some frequently asked questions like, “What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

Quick Caregiving Tips

Sometimes it helps to hear from others who have dealt with a situation just like yours. We’re all on this journey together and can learn a lot from each other. Select a topic to get advice from experts and other caregivers.

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s: E-Learning Course

This course is made up of five classes that can be completed within 5-15 minutes at your own pace, on your own schedule. You’ll walk away with practical care techniques and valuable insight for providing better care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

Preserve Memories

Capturing and leveraging memories that trigger an emotional response can effectively help manage the behaviors of someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. The resources you’ll find in this section offer ideas and best practices for evoking memories to benefit a family member with dementia. 

Prevent Wandering Behaviors

Check out the resources of the Prevent Wandering℠ program to help protect your loved one from the potential dangers of wandering. And sign up your older adult for the Missing Senior Network℠, a free web service that can help locate a loved one who goes missing or becomes lost. 

Make Your Business Alzheimer’s Friendly

This free 30-minute training provided by Home Instead Senior Care® is designed to help a business’ employees understand the disease and provide simple techniques to ensure customers with Alzheimer’s are treated with compassion and respect.