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Caregiver Advice: How to Support a Loved With Dementia

If you’re one of the more than 15 million people in the United States who cares for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed and fearful about the future. The uncertainty of a dementia diagnosis can turn your whole world upside down. Here are some tips on how to support a loved one with dementia.

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Taking on the task of looking after your loved one can be frightening and confusing at times. It would be helpful to have a meeting with the doctor in charge of your loved one’s care so you can be informed and know what to expect. Also, take advantage of resources online and in print. One helpful online resource you might want to check out is the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center.

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