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Family Care Guides

Care Guides for Families of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter has an array of resources for families and individuals at each stage of Alzheimer’s disease. These comprehensive guides allow families to address the specific issues they are currently experiencing. If you are not sure which guide is best for you, please call our 24/7 Helpline 800.272.3900.


Taking Control: A Guide for Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

A practical resource for those with early stage Alzheimer’s or related dementias, their Care Partners and family members. Along with an Overview of Cognitive Disorders, this Guide discusses the Diagnostic Process, Treatment and Research, Care Team and Planning for the Future, Disclosure and Changing Relationships, Practical Tips for Daily Living, Support Options and Becoming an Advocate.

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Family Care Guide: A Guide for Families Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia

For the family caregiver caring for someone whose dementia has progressed to the point where the person needs assistance with daily living activities and may have communication or behavior challenges. Along with an overview about dementia, topics include: Communication, Daily Living, Understanding Behaviors, Safety Issues, Planning Ahead and Taking Care of Yourself.

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Later Stage Alzheimer’s Disease: A Caregiver’s Guide

As dementia progresses, the person will need more and more assistance, have increased difficulty speaking, and need assistance eating. This guide includes the following topics: Care for the Caregiver, Activities, Bathing, Behavior Management, Conversation, Home Safety, Walking/Transfers/Positioning, Giving Medication, Care of the Skin, Mouth Care, Bowel and Bladder Control, Assistance with Moving, Eating, Weight Loss, Dying and Death, Grief. [Note: This guide is not available in hard copy at this time.]

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These Guides are made available by the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter for free download by families. They are copyrighted publications and may not be sold, reprinted or distributed in print, electronic or web form.

Family caregivers who wish to receive a free hard copy of one of the Guides should call our 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900.

Funding for these Guides was made possible, in part, through an Administration on Aging Grant administered by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.