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Alzheimers Q&A: How do you care for an alcoholic with Alzheimer’s disease?

When someone has a history of alcohol abuse and also develops Alzheimer’s disease, the situation can become very challenging for caregivers to manage.

The combination of alcoholism and dementia causes a faster decline in skills needed to function independently, such as daily living activities, and also worsens behavioral problems. It raises concerns about safety for the individual and the caregiver.

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