The Hidden Patient: The Alzheimer’s Caregiver
More than 5 million people live with Alzheimer's disease. Many are cared for by family members in the home. But what happens to the ones providing constant, stressful care 24/7? Overlooked, these family members often provide care at the expense of their own mental and physical wellbeing. 63% of these caregivers will die during their time providing care, with many family caregivers dying an average of two years before the Alzheimer’s patient for whom they care.
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Click the links below to access resource websites to find out more about being an Alzheimer’s caregiver.
Caregiver Stress Test
The Caregiver Stress Check, available by the Alzheimer’s Association, helps caregivers to Alzheimer’s patients identify caregiver burnout, and offers resources to help deal with the burnout.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Caregiver Guide
This informative guide offers useful tips and advice for caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s patients.
The National Institute on Aging provides a detailed guide to help those who care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease from becoming overwhelmed.
The Mayo Clinic provides tips for the Alzheimer’s caregiver to get help from friends and family in sharing the burden of care.
Elder Abuse Can Be Reduced by Training Caregivers About Dementia
This informative article, available on HealthCentral.com, outlines the increase in elder abuse among Alzheimer’s patients and provides insight as to how to combat the issue.
What the Caregiver Needs
HelpGuide.org offers tips and advice to Alzheimer’s caregivers for maintaining emotional and physical fitness.
Communications Basics for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
This helpful article from About.com provides tips for caregivers to maintain effective communication with Alzheimer’s patients.
Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s
This informative overview provided by the National Institute of Aging details all aspects of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
How Alzheimer’s Affects the Brain
AgingCare.com offers this informative primer for caregivers to help understand how Alzheimer’s patients think.
Kronkosky Charitable Foundation Roundtable
This downloadable PDF gives a detailed explanation as to why the caregiver caring for an Alzheimer’s patient needs relief.
Alzheimer’s: When to Stop Driving
MayoClinic.com provides valuable tips and advice for helping those whose loved ones suffer from Alzheimer’s take the keys away once and for all.