An Alzheimer's disease caregiver is well aware that Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia of Alzheimer's type is a neurodegenerative disease which results in impairment of mental capacities (dementia) due to the deterioration of brain tissue. Progressive memory loss is typically the first symptom. Alzheimer's disease may incur behavioral changes, such as mental confusion, abrupt periods of defiance, abusive conduct and violence in people who have no prior history of such behavior. Thus, Alzheimer's disease presents a difficult feat in terms of patient management.
An Alzheimer's caregiver must, then be patient, strong-willed and well versed in potential physical and mental signs of change. Caregivers for Alzheimer's patients must also act as an intermediary between patient and family. Alzheimer's caregiver support groups can teach Alzheimer's caregivers to communicate honestly and gently with both the sufferer and the sufferer's family.