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Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease often requires a great deal of time and patience, and it can cause great stress to the caregiver.

Both illnesses lead to symptoms of serious changes in memory, personality and behavior. For some it often ends up with the afflicted needing total care, 24 hours per day. This can be emotionally and physically demanding for a family caregiver, a grown child taking care of her/his parent, or a spouse caring for his/her lifelong partner.

Understanding these conditions can help. In addition to learning more about your loved one's disease through the resources here at, you can take advantage of free family caregiver Alzheimer's training opportunities at, which include an interactive Alzheimer's e-learning course, and in-person training classes. The unique approach to care that you'll learn through these training opportunities is based on the Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Training program that professional Home Instead CAREGivers receive.

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A classic Alzheimer's symptom is increase of memory lapses

8 Alzheimer's Symptoms to Watch for if You Suspect Dementia

Only a qualified physician can conclude with high certainty that a person has Alzheimer's disease, but the following eight symptoms are strongly associated with the disease.

You are not alone trying to understanding Alzheimer's and dementia

Understanding Alzheimer's & Dementia

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning and intellectual reasoning due to changes in the brain caused by disease. Those with dementia tend to repeat questions, become disoriented...

Elderly woman with Alzheimer's.

Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and What to Expect

First blanking on a grandchild’s name, then accusing a son or daughter of stealing personal belongings, to eventually not recognizing close family members—this is the heart-breaking long goodbye, also known as Alzheimer’s disease.

Senior man with Alzheimer's. Stressed caregiver in background is not speaking to him.

How to Deal with Family Conflict Caused by Alzheimer’s

Sadly, an ill loved one is the number one trigger for family conflict, according to a study conducted by the Home Instead® network. Coping with the reality of a loved one’s Alzheimer’s not only has its emotional difficulties, but logistical ones as well, especially in terms of decision-making and bearing the responsibility of caregiving.

Senior woman with Alzheimer's in her home.

Long-term Alzheimer's Care Options

“Whatever happens to me, I don’t want to end up in a nursing home!” Ever heard your parents say that before? Older adults commonly express that wish, or some variation of it, fearing the possibility of becoming completely dependent on others and being left to the care of strangers rather than remaining amongst family.

Senior man with Alzheimer's disease looks through photo album with his granddaughter.

8 Memory-Sharing Activities for Someone With Alzheimer’s

Sharing “remember when” stories like these warms the heart of every family member in the room as those special moments of shared history are remembered. When a mind-altering disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia begins affecting the memory of someone you love, shared recollections become all the more important.

Caregiver takes time for herself by reading a book.

5 Ways to Be a Healthy Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Caregiving is a labor of love, and love is about selflessness and sacrifice. Spouses give up so much for each other, parents constantly put their children’s needs before their own, and when those children become grown adults with aging parents, they want to return the love and care they received.

Senior woman with Alzheimer's visits the hospital with her caregiver.

Alzheimer’s and Hospitalization: How to Ensure a Safe Hospital Visit for Someone with Dementia

Strangers asking a million questions, unfamiliar beeping noises, unpleasant smells, disorienting hallways and rooms that look nothing like home, feeling unwell or in pain…

Tell My Geo. One helpful GPS tool for people with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer’s Wanderers and Caregivers Can Benefit From GPS Tools

Joann had dozed off for what seemed like just a few minutes when suddenly she jerked awake. Immediately she felt something was wrong. Her mother, Betty, was not asleep in the recliner like she was when Joann let her own eyes close.

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Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's - Family Caregiver Webinar

Dr. Amy D'Aprix and Mary Alexander of Home Instead® discuss caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease in this recorded webinar.

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