Center for Dementia Care Caregiver Resource Library

We’ve developed a collection of guides that address common questions about caring for a person with dementia. These guides will help you understand the causes for many moods and behaviors and explain current best practices for managing them.

Accusations—It’s common for people with dementia to lose things and subsequently blame or make accusations of those around them.

Bathing—Many seniors are reluctant to accept help with bathing. We have outlined specific steps to help with this common obstacle.

Behavior As Communication—Dementia changes the way we communicate. There are certain behaviors that represent underlying needs and emotions.

Communication Best Practices—Everything starts with communication. We share advice about how to lead the conversation and create an individual framework to help you make a meaningful connection.

Addressing Difficult Questions—Ever wondered whether or not to be honest when the truth is painful? We explain the emotion behind difficult questions like “Where’s my mother?” and teach you how to respond.

Driving—It’s not easy to talk to an older adult about taking the keys away. Here are some suggestions to help you navigate this potentially complex and emotional conversation.

Gaining Cooperation—It can be exhausting to try to convince someone with dementia to see your point of view. Here’s an easier approach.

“I Don’t Need Any Help!”—Caring for a family member who is resistant to support.

“I Don’t Need Any Help!”—Tips for caregivers on working with clients who are resistant to care.

“I Want To Go Home”—One of the most common requests made by people with dementia is to go home.

Incontinence—Most people with dementia have limited insight to the reality of the care they require. We provide tips on how to maintain good hygiene and minimize your stress.

Meal Time—How to support nutrition and adapt meals to reduce risk for weight changes.

Medication Management—People with dementia need oversight to ensure they are taking their medications, but they are often resistant to the idea of letting someone help them. We have tips to support you through this process.

Moving to a Memory Care Community

Repetition—Coping with someone who repeats themselves.

Dealing with Sexual Disinhibition—This can lead to difficulty maintaining consistent care, placement, and embarrassment. We explain the behavior and suggest ways to refocus and engage the person you’re working with.

Dementia Signs & Symptoms Guide

Supporting Healthy Sleep Patterns— When the person you care for isn’t sleeping, you aren’t sleeping. This can lead to serious problems. We have suggestions that can help.

Social Isolation—Help make social arrangements on behalf of your loved one in order to prevent social isolation.

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