Caregivers: You Are Heroes
“Alzheimer’s caregivers are heroes,” says Leeza Gibbons, author and talk show host. Her mother and grandmother were diagnosed with the disease. “If caregivers are not healthy, mentally well-balanced and spiritually sound, then those for whom they care will suffer,” she adds.
An estimated 90 million Americans provide unpaid caregiving that covers a variety of ailments, from cancer and Alzheimer’s to stroke and much more.
While your loved one participates in the Memory Café, caregivers can take a break, relax and share tips and stories, giving each other much-needed support. Caregivers appreciate LIFE's scheduled talks on Medicare, support groups, assisted living options and other topics that help them make informed decisions about their loved one's future and care.
You Are Not Alone
Caregiver stress occurs from the caretaking of another person. The caregiver may tend to center his/her life on what the other person needs and lose sight of his/her own needs, thus becoming resentful or burned out. The caregiver may become depressed, anxious, experience insomnia, fatigue and other physical symptoms.
Just know there is help out there -- support groups, family and friends, churches and agencies. You are
This helpful article explores the stresses of caregiving, coping mechanisms, the "put on your own oxygen mask first" theory and some positive mantras.