As we continue to celebrate Grandparent’s Day, we’re tackling an issue that impacts many grandparents and their caregivers: Alzheimer’s Disease.

Taking care of yourself while you’re caring for someone else isn’t optional. In fact, 40% of ALZ caregivers die before the person they’re taking care of. The best way to care for your loved one is by caring for yourself, too. Here are our top tips for how to continue caregiving without paying the ultimate price.

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Tips & Information

11 tips from other caregivers

Harriet tackles anticipatory grief

Phyllis shares the Uber-Caregivers top 5 tips for avoiding chaos

Barbara shares this tip for responding to Alzheimer’s behavior

Michael investigates the cause of Alzheimer’s disease

Michelle talks about sundowning and how to manage it

Rick discusses the best places to find caregiving resources

Shoshanna provides tips on how to get ready to care for someone with memory impairment

Carol shares home safety tips

Resources

ALZ Live has guides for navigating the healthcare system in the US and Canada. They have much more information available on their site.

David found voice reminders helpful for managing his father’s medications

Project Lifesaver helps manage wandering

Aging Care has a free guide to being an ALZ caregiver

StoryCorps has a guide for creating your own oral histories. You can listen to some of our favorites from their collection on memory loss.

What it’s like

Phil shares the story of caring for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease

Em tells Allie about FTD

Art shares the story of caring for his father, who had dementia

Julie talks about Alzheimer’s caregiving and isolation

Vince shows us what a day in the life of an ALZ family is like in this fantastic video

Brittany shares how caring for her grandparents changed how she views marriage

Blake ruminates on Ed Sheeran’s song about ALZ

Theresa shares a poem about ALZ

Rick lists 7 things not to say to an ALZ caregiver

Yuko likes to relieve caregiving stress by drawing

Vicki talks about overcoming caregiver guilt

Phyllis explores the true cost of dementia

Heather discusses her fear that her mother will get ALZ

Written by Cori Carl
As Director, Cori is an active member of the community and regularly creates resources for people providing care.

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