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Posted on: May 6, 2013

Ten Ways to Help a Family Living with Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer's Association suggests ten ways to help a family living with Alzheimer's Disease.

1. Stay in touch - Show you care. A card, a call or a visit all mean a lot.
2. Treat the person with respect and dignity. Focus on all that the person with dementia can do.
3. Do the little things. Drop off dinner or run an errand.
4. Be specific when offering help. Tackle a task on the family's to-do list.
5. Educate yourself about Alzheimer's. Learn about its effects and how to respond.
6. Include everyone in activities. Plan a picnic or dinner at your place.
Include the person with the disease whenever possible.
7. Be a good listener. Support and accept - try not to judge.
8. Encourage a healthy lifestyle. Suggest practical tips to exercise and eat right.
9. Allow the family some personal time. Fill in as a caregiver, when needed.
10. Keep all family members in mind. From tots to elders, each person reacts uniquely.

For more information and support, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-272-3900.

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
Information Line
200 S Main St
Greensburg, PA 15601
Contact: Joan Wagner
Ph: (724) 830-4444
Toll free: 1-800-442-8000

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