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Essential Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Support for Your Selfless Efforts

We know the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease progresses, patients require more and more care, which can be challenging for caregivers. From taking on mundane tasks such as paying bills to helping loved ones remember their name, caregivers offer their full support. Now it’s time to receive support to re-energize your efforts!

caregiver giving support to an alzheimer's patient

Signs Of Alzheimer's Caregiver Burnout

Here are some common symptoms of caregiver stress. If you experience any of these signs of stress regularly, talk to your doctor.

  • Denial

  • Anger

  • Social withdrawal

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Exhaustion

  • Sleeplessness

  • Irritability

Health problems begin to take a mental and physical toll. Are you experiencing any of these stressors?

an alzheimer's caregiver suffering from anxiety

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” ― Tia Walker

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques can be very helpful for managing stress. Try one of the following:

  • Visualization: mentally picturing a place or situation that is peaceful and calm

  • Meditation: which can be as simple as dedicating 15 minutes a day to letting go of all stressful thoughts

  • Breathing exercises: slowing your breathing and focusing on taking deep breaths

  • Progressive muscle relaxation: tightening and then relaxing each muscle group, starting at one end of your body and working your way to the other end

“Some days, there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” — Emory Austin

an alzehimer's caregiver practicing breathing exercises

Develop A Personal Support Plan

Caring for a cognitively impaired adult is an enormous task, and you cannot do it alone.

Ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with accepting help for mundane tasks such as grocery shopping and cleaning to free up some time for you.

Learn or update caregiving skills. You probably weren’t handed an instruction manual when your loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but there are books, workshops, and online training resources that can teach caregiving skills.

an alzehimer's caregiver taking care of a loved one

Make use of available resources. There are countless online and community resources like support groups to help you prioritize your efforts and provide effective care.

Plan for your own care. This includes taking time to maintain friendships, social contacts, and professional networks, as well as any hobbies and interests that bring you joy.

"Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow." - Les Brown

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