4 Helpful Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers


Alzheimer’s takes a toll on both sufferers and their loved ones, leaving them feeling tired and helpless. As time passes, a person with Alzheimer’s has more and more trouble completing even simple tasks and communicating with others. Although having patience through this time can be difficult, caregivers can follow a few simple tips to improve communication and everyday life for a person with this debilitating disease.

Nurse Caring for Elderly Woman

Provide Simple Choices

Giving an Alzheimer’s patient choices on a daily basis helps him feel in control, but complicated or open-ended choices can be overwhelming. Stick to simple choices, such as drinking ice water or lemonade with a meal. Other simple choices such as mealtimes, choosing outfits and choosing leisure activities are great opportunities to provide options for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.

Girl Kissing Elderly Man

Create a Structured Environment

Allowing your loved one to accomplish as much as he can without assistance is important, but a distracting environment can make completing tasks difficult. Set things up for the task, such as laying out an outfit or preparing dishes for setting the table. It may also be beneficial to minimize distractions, such as radio noise, other people’s conversations or a TV playing in the background, to help him keep his mind on the task at hand.

Take Safety Precautions

Patients with Alzheimer’s may have impaired problem-solving abilities and judgement, so take away safety risks from the home to avoid injury. Use locks on cabinets with potentially dangerous items, such as medicine and matches, and avoid extension cords and clutter on the floor to prevent falls.

Man with Facial Hair and His Hand on His Face

Take Time to Listen

Alzheimer’s can impair communication, so taking time to understand what a person with Alzheimer’s is trying to say requires patience. Be supportive, reassuring him that he can take as much time as he needs when speaking. Pay attention to gestures and facial cues to fully understand what your loved one wants to express.After some time and practice, these four tips can become habitual for both you and your loved one, taking some of the stress out of everyday living.

Here are more tips on how to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.»

Study Says 3/4 of People Want to Know They Have Alzheimer's Before Symptoms Surface: Click “Next” below!

The Alzheimer's Site is a place where people can come together to support those whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer's disease. In addition to sharing stories of hope and love, shopping for the cause, and signing petitions, visitors can take just a moment each day to click on the purple button to help provide care for those living with Alzheimer's disease and research for a brighter future. Visit The Alzheimer's Site and click today - it's free!
Proper greatergood_ctg_belowcontent