Health and Wellbeing

Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming, exhausting and stressful. A family caregiver may feel loss because of changes in relationships with a loved one with Alzheimer’s, other family members and friends. During this time, it is critical that caregivers look after their own physical and mental health. This section explains some common physical and emotional changes as well as ways to cope.

Caring for yourself

Your health Are you so committed to caregiving tasks that you’ve neglected your own physical, mental, and emotional well-being? The following questions may help you determine if you are putting your health at risk: Do you visit your doctor annually? The best thing you...

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Telling family and friends

There is no right way of telling family and friends about a diagnosis of dementia. The decision will depend on the strength of the relationships and the personalities involved. Try to respect the person’s decision about how or whether to tell other people about the...

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Medication and Alzheimer’s

People aged 65 and older consume more prescription and over-the-counter medicines than any other age group. Older people tend to have more long-term, chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, than do younger people. Because...

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