Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia in people over 65. More than 27 percent of Americans have a family member with Alzheimer’s.
Caring for an older loved one is never easy, but Alzheimer’s caregiving presents special challenges. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 40 percent of these caregivers suffer a "high" level of emotional stress. And according to a study published by The Journal of Immunology, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can actually shorten a caregiver's life by up to 8 years!
The truth is that individuals with Alzheimer’s are extremely difficult to care for, and seeing someone you love slowly slip away takes an incredible emotional toll.
Given the seriousness of symptoms such as memory loss, wandering and hallucination, people with Alzheimer's often require around the clock care. They cannot be left alone for a minute. And most family caregivers who try to provide this level of 24/7 care, eventually feel overwhelmed and exhausted.
If you’re caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer's, these strategies should provide some of the help and support you need:
By following these five essential steps, caregivers can greatly reduce the stress that comes with caring for loved one with Alzheimer’s. As a caregiver, protecting your health need to be a top priority.