Any caregiver responsible for caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease knows how overwhelming, exhausting and stressful life can be. As the disease progresses, so may your feelings of helplessness, depression and anxiety.
For example, you may feel a sense of loss because the relationship that previously had existed with the Alzheimer’s patient is no longer there. You may also feel isolated from family and friends because your daily activities focus on caring for the patient.
Additionally, you as the caregiver may have to deal with an Alzheimer’s patient whose personality and behavior can become unpredictable.
During this time, it is critical that caregivers look after their own physical and mental health. Below is some helpful information to help you stay strong and healthy.
Take Time for You!
Make sure you schedule some regular time each day to relax or do something just for you. Doing so does not mean you’re giving up your important role as the primary caregiver. In fact, you’re helping to improve the quality of life for both you and your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
Don't Go it Alone
You can get different types of valuable support from different sources: