Do you have a loved one battling Alzheimer's? This is just one form of dementia, and it is affecting more and more seniors and their families. Many times caregivers experience depression, anger, frustration, loss of sleep, and many other physical symptoms. The Alzheimer's Association has resources available including a 24/7 hotline: 800-272-3900
Today, we're sharing some of our favorite resources for caregivers from the Alzheimer's Association. Check out these articles:
Early-Stage Caregiving - "Early stage" refers to people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, and are in the beginning stage of the disease. The early stage of Alzheimer’s can last for years. The person is mostly independent and may still drive, take part in social activities, volunteer and even work. The role as a caregiver is to provide support, companionship, and help plan for the future.
Caregiver Depression - Wondering if you're experiencing depression as a caregiver? Caregiving is hard — and can lead to feelings of stress, guilt, anger, sadness, and isolation. Depression affects different people in different ways. Medications can also cause some of the same symptoms as depression, so inform your doctor right away.
Grief and Loss as Alzheimer's Progresses - Alzheimer's gradually takes away the person you know and love. As this happens, you will mourn your loved one and may experience the different phases of grieving: denial, anger, guilt, sadness and acceptance. Learn how to cope with these feelings and seek help when you need it.
Respite Care - Discover types of respite care services, how to choose one and how to prepare for respite care. Remember, everyone needs a break. Respite care can help by providing a new environment or time to relax.
Late-Stage Caregiving - This stage may last from several weeks to several years and usually requires around the clock care. In this stage, caregivers are mostly focused on preserving quality of life...your loved one experiences the world through senses, so playing their favorite music, rubbing their hands with lotion, or simply sitting in the sunshine will be enjoyable for you and them.
These are just a few articles to help caregivers navigate the trials of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. For more articles, visit their website here.