Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that affects the brain’s nerve cells, resulting in loss of memory, thinking, language skills and behavioral changes. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive condition in the US. In 2014, the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. A lot of families put their sick loved ones in nursery homes, others experience the overwhelming sense of responsibility, thinking no one could care for their loved once the way they would. It is very challenging to be a full-time caregiver. For people that choose to do so, here are some tips. Daily routines for individuals with Alzheimer’s are sacred. A structured schedule relieves caregiver from additional stress and helps individuals maintain their abilities. It is important to involve the person with Alzheimer’s in daily tasks. if you begin dressing him, he might soon forget how to dress himself. Participation also helps the person’s self-esteem. But be realistic, for example, if the individual gets tired and fussy in the evening, reschedule his bathing time for the morning. Doing something repetitively provides relief of tension for people with Alzheimer’s. If the activity is not upsetting the sick person, let him continue. If it upsets you, try to gently redirect him by giving something else to do. Stay patient and strong.