Understanding Alzheimer's disease

Family caregivers need to take time to understand Alzheimer's diseaseThere are 70 million unpaid family caregivers in the U.S., and more than 5 million provide Alzheimer's care for loved ones. It is not the easiest disease to understand, however, and it is important that these caregivers do some research to ensure that the care they give their family or friend is the best possible.

According to the Concord Patch, the care for individuals with the disease has changed dramatically over there years, and now that many people are welcoming grandparents and aging parents into the home, they should realize that this is not going to be the easiest endeavor but there are resources that can give some much needed support. One place would be the Alzheimer's Association.

According to Caring.com, there is also a series of activities that caregivers can do with a loved one who is suffering from cognitive impairment. It is recommended while providing Alzheimer's care to someone who is in mild or moderate stages to keep them busy by planting a garden or raking and sweeping. Setting the table is a great way for the person with Alzheimer's to feel like they are contributing to the family.