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Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Did you know?

More than 44 million individuals in the U.S. serve as informal and unpaid caregivers. A significant percentage care for someone with dementia. In fact, about 75% of the estimated 4.5 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease receive their care at home from relatives.

Video

Watch our caregiving videos that describe and demonstrate various hands-on caregiver tasks. The videos are excerpts from the "Accepting the Challenge" DVD, produced by Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc.

In this section, you will find tips and information for caregivers about what to expect and how to cope during the different stages of dementia. We have also included a Resources section at the bottom of every page with links to more reading so that you can learn more about the topic if you wish. There are five main topics in this section, each with several pages of tips and information:

Information for Caregivers

You may also want to review basic tips for approaching caregiving tasks, which will help make these tasks easier and reduce your loved one’s anxiety.

View References

Alzheimer’s Association. 2009 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Available at: http://www.alz.org/national/documents/report_alzfactsfigures2009.pdf. Retrieved March 27, 2009.