Managing Caregiver Stress
Taking care of yourself is critically important.
Currently, seventy percent of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home.
Very often the caregiver is so busy caring for their loved one that their own health and well being is neglected. This can lead to dangerous situations, for both the caregiver and the one they love.
Warning Signs of Cargiver Stress
- Social withdrawal from friends or activities that once brought pleasure.
- Lack of concentration
- Anger toward the person with the disease
There is Help for You
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a number of tools to help reduce caregiver stress. First, you can atend a free education session to learn about caregiving techniques of the stages of Alzheimer’s
Secondly, join a support group to share with individuals in situations similar to yours.
Give yourself some credit. It is OK to occasionally lose your patience and make mistakes. If you need to vent call
Take care of yourself, eat right, visit our doctor.
Caregiver Stress Test
One of the resources available to you on the ALzheimer’s Association website is the Caregiver Stress Check.
This simple yes or no quiz covers common areas of caregiver stress. Based on your answers to questions like”I worry that the person I care for is safe?”, the system will direct you to resources that are available to you through the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you indicate that you are overwhelmed and feel like you are having to do everything, then the system might direct you to Lotsa Helping Hands program or the CareFinder Program.
The Lotsa Helping Hands tool is a FREE interactive, online calendar that helps you identify the help you need when you want it.
The CareFinder tool has information about care professionals. What questions you need to know to ask a new doctor, or things to keep in mind when you are making legal or financial plans, it is all there. CareFinder can even give you a personalized list of recommended care options.
To learn more about any of the caregiver resources available in your are call the 24 hour helpline at
1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/dsw.