New Section On MayoClinic.com For Alzheimer's Caregivers: How to Cope

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In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, individuals may still be able to perform the daily tasks necessary to live and function independently. As the disease progresses, these responsibilities increasingly fall to the caregiver.

In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, individuals may still be able to perform the daily tasks necessary to live and function independently. As the disease progresses, these responsibilities increasingly fall to the caregiver.

A new section on MayoClinic.com for Alzheimer's caregivers provides helpful information on daily routines, communicating with the patient, dealing with family issues, long-term care options and self-care.

The feature offers a number of practical tips that can make providing care easier.

-- Schedule wisely. Determine the time of day when the person is most calm and agreeable.
-- Let him or her help. Involve the person in tasks as much as possible.
-- Limit choices. Having fewer options makes deciding easier. For example, provide two outfits to choose between -- not a closet full of clothes.
-- Take more time. Expect tasks and activities to take longer than they used to. Schedule more time to complete even simple things.

MayoClinic.com also has recently added a new Alzheimer's blog for caregivers, family and friends, and health professionals.

About MayoClinic.com

Launched in 1995 and visited more than 13 million times a month, this award-winning Web site offers health information, self-improvement and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health. Produced by a team of Web professionals and medical experts, MayoClinic.com gives users access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,500
physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic. MayoClinic.com offers intuitive, easy-to-use tools such as "Symptom Checker" and "First-Aid Guide" for fast answers about health conditions ranging from common to complex; as well as an A-Z library of more than 850 diseases and conditions, in-depth sections on 24 common diseases and conditions, 16 healthy living areas including food and nutrition, recipes, fitness and weight control, videos, animations and features such as "Ask a Specialist" and "Drug Watch." Users can sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter called "Housecall" which provides the latest health information from Mayo Clinic. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com.

To obtain the latest news releases from Mayo Clinic, go to http://www.mayoclinic.org/news. MayoClinic.com (http://www.mayoclinic.com) is available as a resource for your health stories.

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