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Resources for Caregivers of People With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Grandmother with dementia being cared for by her family

When a family member or loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, you may find yourself left with more questions than answers. These diseases change the way a person thinks and acts, and can be very challenging, especially for those in a caretaking role. Learning more about these diseases, what to expect, and what you can do can make a difference in a caregiver’s health and well-being — and the well-being of the person you’re caring for.

The federal government offers reliable resources on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and can connect you to important information about care and support. You can use the pages on this website and resources below to find more information from government sources. The information provided on these websites has been reviewed by experts in their fields. Health care providers, case managers, social workers, and nonprofit organizations may also be helpful.

Son lovingly wraps blanket around mother with dementia

Tips for Caregivers and Families

Learn about home safety, caregiver health, and other tips for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.

Find Resources

Caregivers can learn more on this website and from the resources listed below. Share them with your friends and family!

Advance Care Planning

Learn about financial and health care planning, including advance directives.

Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Learn how to respond to changes in communication and behavior, provide everyday care, and get help when needed.

Alzheimer's Disease Publications

Explore free publications from NIA on Alzheimer’s and related dementias, caregiving, and healthy aging. Also available in Spanish.

Long-Term Care

Find out about different types of long-term care and how to pay for them.

ACL Dementia Fact Sheet: Improving Care for Family Members (PDF, 1.11 MB)

View this fact sheet about getting an accurate diagnosis, caring for your family member, and taking steps to improve your family member’s dementia care.

Eldercare Locator

Use this free public service by searching online or calling toll-free to get connected to services in your community.

Living Well With Dementia in the Community

Use the information on resources and support in this easy-to-read brochure.

LongTermCare.gov

Find the basics about long-term care, insurance coverage, and the types of considerations to be made.

Planning for Dementia

Read about long-term care, medical and legal documents, and specific challenges.

Caregiving Information From CDC

Learn about caregivers in the United States, the impact of providing care, and how to develop a care plan. Also available in Spanish.

Alzheimer's Caregivers Health Topic on MedlinePlus

Read about the responsibilities of caregiving and avenues for getting help, and find links to information on specific care topics. Also available in Spanish.

NINDS Dementia Publications

Get free publications from NINDS on dementia. Also available in Spanish.

Geriatrics and Extended Care

Read about dementia care, caregiver/family resources, safety and other concerns, and frequently asked questions.

VA Caregiver Support Programs

Find a support line, caregiver support coordinator, programs specific to caregivers of veterans, and other resources such as self-care activities and tips and tools.

Questions? Contact the ADEAR Center

The Alzheimer’s & related Dementias Education & Referral (ADEAR) Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. Call 800-438-4380 or email adear@nia.nih.gov to talk with an information specialist.


This content is provided by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIA scientists and other experts review this content to ensure it is accurate and up to date.