Dementia is a complicated disease state. It affects the very essence of who a person is and how he or she interacts with the physical and social environments. Given the complexity of the illness and the frequent need for care to be delivered through proxies (ie, the caregivers), disciplines beyond traditional medicine can provide useful resources for patients and families. Families expect that physicians will know about these resources and the ways they may help. Finally referral to outside resources can reduce the emotional, time, and financial burdens of dementia care for the physician. Sharing the load with other disciplines allows each to focus its own background, experience, and expertise on the needs of the patient and facilitate optimal long-term outcomes.