According to estimates 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, who are being cared for by almost 15 million unpaid caregivers, including family, friends, partners and neighbors. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is often the equivalent to a full-time job. 80% of family caregivers provide at-home care for Alzheimer sufferers or for those with another dementia.
Suzanne Mintz, president and chief executive officer of National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) says “Caregiving is incredibly stressful, and also very lonely and isolating, particularly with Alzheimer’s disease when the loved one gradually loses the ability to communicate effectively. Caregivers have to improvise and find new ways to connect with their loved ones – whether it’s on an emotional level or about more practical matters.”
Caregiving for Alzheimer’s disease is emotionally, physically, and financially challenging. It is essential to be informed about the disorder. It is particular difficult to witness the progressive decline of a loved one. It is also important to keep in mind that caregiving will affect the entire family. Most important is take care yourself as a caregiver. As the disease progresses through its stages of mild, moderate to severe the role of the caregiver will be significantly modified to cope with the different type of behaviors.
Alzconnect is a forum for caregivers https://www.alzconnected.org