Booklet helps ease stress of hospitalization for people with memory loss

A trip to the hospital for a person with memory loss or dementia can be stressful for both the person and the accompanying caregiver. To help family and friends of individuals with memory loss prepare for and deal with hospitalization, the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center of the National Institute on Aging is distributing the newly updated "Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss."

This 18-page booklet provides tips to lessen the stress and enhance the comfort of the patient, deal with anxiety or agitation, and work with hospital staff and doctors. It also includes helpful checklists for planning ahead for emergency and scheduled hospital stays, and lists agencies and other publications that might be useful resources.

The booklet is an expanded, reformatted version of a publication produced by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services in conjunction with the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Duke University.

To download or order free copies of "Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss," visit or call ADEAR Center toll-free at 800-438-4380. Bulk quantities (25 or more) may be ordered by visiting