Information for Caregivers

Caregiving for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. Caregiving includes providing physical, emotional, and social support. This may include assisting with daily activities, providing companionship, and ensuring safety. Click here for clinical and social resources provided by Rutgers and other NJ institutions. Below are some tips and resources for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders: 

Education and support

Learn about Alzheimer’s disease, its progression, and available resources. Keep abreast of the latest developments in Alzheimer’s research and treatments, as new options may become available. Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. Join caregiver support groups or seek assistance from local Alzheimer’s organizations. These groups can provide emotional support and valuable information.

Legal and medical considerations

Its crucial to address legal and financial matters early, such as creating a durable power of attorney and setting up advance directives. Consider long-term care insurance and explore available financial assistance programs.

Medical Check-ups

Regular medical check-ups are essential to monitor the individuals health and address any complications or medication adjustments.


There are medications available that can temporarily improve cognitive function and manage behavioral symptoms. Consult a healthcare professional for guidance.

Long term planning

Alzheimer’s is a terminal disease, and as it progresses, individuals may require hospice or palliative care to manage symptoms and provide comfort. Plan for the future, including the possibility of needing long-term care facilities if caregiving becomes too overwhelming or unsafe at home.


Remember that caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be emotionally taxing, so it’s crucial to seek help when needed and take breaks to recharge. Additionally, every individual with Alzheimer’s is unique, and caregiving strategies may need to be adapted to suit their specific needs and preferences. Consulting with healthcare professionals and support organizations can provide valuable guidance and assistance throughout the caregiving journey.

Comfort and safety:

Consistency can help reduce confusion and anxiety. Make the living environment safe by removing hazards and using locks or alarms if necessary. Be patient and use clear, simple language. Non-verbal cues and gestures can also be helpful. Understand that challenging behaviors are often a result of the disease, not intentional actions.