Alzheimer’s disease: caring for the carers
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Alzheimer’s disease: caring for the carers

Deborah Howcroft Research Nurse, The Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly, St Martins Hospital, Bath

Support from carers is a key factor in the community care of people with dementia, but the role of the caregiver can be detrimental to the physical, mental and financial health of a carer. Carers should be involved in the assessment, diagnosis and management of the disease. Behavioural problems in the person with Alzheimer’s disease can add to the carer’s burden. Behavioural intervention strategies and acetylcholinesterase inhibitors can help with the management of these problems. Training courses can also support the carer by helping them to cope with practical and legal situations.

Mental Health Practice. 7, 8,31-37. doi: 10.7748/mhp2004.05.7.8.31.c7871