Introduction

The information in this guide is useful if the person you are caring for has been told they have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

People with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are not able to remember things as well as before. Over time their memory will get worse. They may get easily confused about simple things such as what time they should take their medicines or what their medicines are for. They may forget what their doctor or pharmacist told them about their medicines. It will be hard for them to learn how to do new things. These changes happen because part of their brain has been damaged by disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. In the rest of this guide only the word dementia will be used.

If you are looking after someone with dementia, you will need to think about how you can help them to do some things in a different way, so that they can still take their medicines safely. This guide will give you some ideas that might help your family member keep taking the right medicines at the right time.

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