More than 15 million Americans have assumed the role of a caregiver for a family member or loved one with Alzheimer's disease. This role is a difficult one that comes with the demands of constant changes and very difficult decision-making. It also requires you to learn many new skills and continuously adapt along the way. Rarely a day goes by when I don't get unexpected questions from caregivers about how to provide the best care.
After the onset of Alzheimer's, the person you love is constantly changing as they progress further in the illness. As caregivers, we have a responsibility to change along with our loved ones--adjusting our expectations of the person, as well as learning how to communicate with and care for them.