Patient and caregiver resources

There are many resources within our communities that work to empower persons with cognitive impairment or dementia, and to help patients and their families feel better prepared to cope with their unique situation. For additional information on available community resources, please talk with your primary care provider. 

What does it mean to be a caregiver, and what are some ways to support caregivers?

Caregiving is an integral part of the ongoing journey of a person with dementia. Family and caregivers are as involved as the patient, and there are a number of things they can do to improve the quality of life for both the family and person affected. Caregivers often have their own issues arise from caring for someone with cognitive impairment or dementia. 

Symptoms of Caregiver Stress and Tips for Managing Stress

Wilder Foundation Caregiving Resource Center  

Act on Alzheimer’s: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center

Taking care of someone with cognitive impairment, memory loss or dementia can be stressful and time consuming. Taking care of yourself is important so you can stay healthy and provide care.

  • Keep other family members and friends informed so they can offer care. Plan for breaks and ask family and friends to help.Time apart is important for both the caregiver and the person with cognitive impairment / memory loss / dementia. 
  • Tap into home health care or outside care facilities if you cannot give regular care. (link to our resources page) Join a support group for caregivers. (Link to our resources page) 
  • Be patient with yourself. You may feel irritated or upset at times, but try not to blame anyone. Don’t take your frustration out on your loved one. Talk with a family member, friend, professional or support group about your feelings.