Alzheimer’s caregivers usually experience a tremendous amount of stress which usually remains untreated because they don’t seek out help. According to Leslie Gregory, CEO and president of the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, every family caregiver needs to take a break from time to time.
Gregory further adds that it’s impossible for caregivers to do everything by themselves. More precisely, they need to spend some time doing what they like. Also, November is celebrated as the National Family Caregivers Month, so public health officials strongly recommend caregivers to understand that they cannot fulfill their daily duties if they are too stressed.
In other words, caregivers must be aware of the fact that they cannot take care of others if they don’t take care of themselves first. There are over 500,000 Alzheimer’s caregivers in Georgia who provide professional care to roughly 130,000 patients. It is worth mentioning that some of these patients suffer from other forms of dementia as well.
Recent research suggests that caregiving is physically, financially, and emotionally demanding. Based on the statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, around 59 percent of family caregivers who provide care for Alzheimer’s patients have high rates of emotional stress.
Therefore, specialists have identified ten signs which reveal that Alzheimer’s caregivers might be suffering from the consequences of stress. Most of them usually express denial regarding the disease as well as its impact on the patient.
In addition, they sometimes express anger towards the diagnosed persons just because they are no longer able to do simple things, such as getting dressed. Alzheimer’s caregivers can also become socially isolated from activities they used to enjoy or from their friends.
Worse, they become anxious when they think about the future because they are worried that the patient will need more care than they can provide. Therefore, if this amount of stress is left untreated, it becomes a major factor influencing the development of depression in Alzheimer’s caregivers.
It is worth mentioning that before depression, they usually feel exhausted. Anyone needs to rest in order to cope with daily tasks, especially family caregivers. Otherwise, they become too tired and feel that they can no longer take care of the patient.
When Alzheimer’s caregivers are too tired and stressed, the lack of concentration occurs, making it difficult for them to perform tasks which seemed easy before.
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