Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease

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Quick guide for caregivers

Activities of daily living

Bathing and grooming 96

Dressing 97

Eating and nutrition 99

Medications 101

Home safety and

environment 103

Toileting and incontinence 106

Travel and transporting outside
the home 107

Difficult moods and behaviors

Aggression 112

Anger or irritation 113

Anxiety or frustration 114

Apathy or depression 116

Clinging or

making demands 118

Delusions, suspicion

or paranoia 119

Hallucinations

or delusions 121

Hiding things 122

Inappropriate

sexual behavior 123

Repeated actions 124

Restlessness or wandering 125

Sleep disturbance 127

Stubbornness 128

Difficult issues or decisions

Choosing a new living
arrangement 132

Deciding about surgery

and medical treatments 136

Explaining the disease

to children 138

Planning for the holidays 139

Telling others about the
diagnosis 142

When a person can

no longer drive 143

When a person can

no longer live alone 145

When a person can

no longer manage money 147

When a person can

no longer work 148

Common medical concerns

Dehydration 152

Pain 152

Bladder or urinary

tract infection153

Falls 154

Dental care 155

Pressure sores156

Choking 157

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