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Table of Contents
                            Table of Contents
About this Guide
Understanding AD
	Stages of AD and What They Mean
	How to Learn More About AD
Caring for a Person with AD
	Understanding How AD  Changes People- Challenges and Coping Strategies
	Helping Family Members and  Others Understand AD
	Planning Ahead-Health, Legal, and Financial Issues
	Keeping the Person with AD Safe
	Providing Everyday Care  for People with AD
	Adapting Activities for  People with AD
When You Need Help
	Getting Help with Caregiving
	Finding the Right Place  for the Person with AD
The Medical Side of AD
	Medicines to Treat AD  Symptoms and Behaviors
	Common Medical Problems  in People with AD
Coping with the Last Stages of AD
	Coping with Late-Stage AD
	End-of-Life Care
Caring for Yourself
	How to Take Care of Yourself
Joining a Clinical Trial
Words to Know
Document Text Contents
Page 1

for a Person with
Alzheimer’s Disease
Your Easy-to-Use Guide
from the National Institute on Aging

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Taking the person with AD on a trip is a challenge. Traveling
can make the person more worried and confused. Planning can
make travel easier for everyone. Below are some tips that you
may find helpful.

Before you leave on the trip:

• Talk with your doctor about medicines to calm

someone who gets upset while traveling.

• Find someone to help you at the airport or train station.

• Keep important documents with you in a safe place.
These include: insurance cards, passports, doctor’s
name and phone number, list of medicines, and a
copy of medical records.

• Pack items the person enjoys looking at or holding
for comfort.

• Travel with another family member or friend.

• Take an extra set of clothing in a carry-on bag.

After you arrive:

• Allow lots of time for each thing you want to do.
Do not plan too many activities.

• Plan rest periods.

• Follow a routine like the one you use at home.
For example, try to have the person eat, rest, and go
to bed at the same time he or she does at home.

• Keep a well-lighted path to the toilet, and leave the
bathroom light on all night.

• Be prepared to cut your visit short.

People with memory problems may wander around a place
they don’t know well (see “How to cope with wandering”
on page 20).

In case someone with AD gets lost:

• Make sure they wear or have something with them that
tells who they are, such as an ID bracelet.

• Carry a recent photo of the person with you on the trip.

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Caring for a Person with AD

Spiritual activities
Like you, the person with AD may have spiritual needs. If so,
you can help the person stay part of his or her faith community.
This can help the person feel connected to others and
remember pleasant times.

Here are some tips for helping a person with
AD who has spiritual needs:

• Involve the person in spiritual activities that he or
she has known well. These might include worship,
religious or other readings, sacred music, prayer, and
holiday rituals.

• Tell people in your faith community that the person
has AD. Encourage them to talk with the person and
show him or her that they still care.

• Play religious or other music that is important to the
person. It may bring back old memories. Even if the
person with AD has a problem finding the right
words to speak, he or she still may be able to sing
songs or hymns from the past.

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Publication No. 17-AG-6173
January 2017

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