The National Institute on Aging's "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease" guide will help you learn about and cope with the changes and challenges of caring for someone living with the disease. The information in this guide comes from other caregivers and from medical research, such as that funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). NIA is part of the National Institutes of Health, the nation's medical research agency. NIA leads the effort to find the cause of and treatment for Alzheimer's disease. 

The guide tells you how to:

  • Understand how Alzheimer's Disease changes a person
  • Learn how to cope with these changes
  • Help family and friends understand Alzheimer's Disease
  • Plan for the future
  • Make your home safe for the person with Alzheimer's Disease
  • Manage everyday activities like eating, bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Take care of yourself
  • Get help with caregiving
  • Find out about helpful resources, such as websites, support groups, government agencies and adult day care programs
  • Choose a full-time care facility for the person with Alzheimer's Disease if needed
  • Learn about common behavior and medical problems of people with Alzheimer's Disease and some medications that may help
  • Cope with late-stage Alheimer's Disease

Learn more or download "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease." 

The National Aging Institute's Web site ( is an institute of the NIH, a U.S. Federal Government agency that provides accurate, up-to-date information about aspects of aging research, information about clinical trials, educational materials and resources about aging for the general public, and information for researchers and health professionals.