Geriatrics and Extended Care
Dementia Care (including Alzheimer's)
Care for Veterans with Alzheimer’s or dementia is provided throughout the full range of VA health care services. Depending on the Veteran's needs, services may include home based primary care, homemaker and home health aide, respite, adult day health care, outpatient clinic, inpatient hospital, nursing home, palliative care, or hospice care. Caregiver support is an essential part of all of these services.
If you’ve been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease or are caring for someone who is, become familiar with the symptoms, types, stages, and treatments:
- Understanding Dementia. Get basic information about what dementia is, the stages, and treatments.
- Coping with Your Dementia Diagnosis. Find out how to keep healthy and active, arrange for safety at home and in the community, and plan for the future.
- Understanding Reversible Dementias. Read about factors that can cause symptoms that mimic Alzheimer’s disease.
- Caring for End-Stage Dementia. Learn how to recognize advanced or end-stage dementia and what to do to help.