SEPTEMBER IS WORLD ALZHEIMER’S MONTH
SEPTEMBER 21 IS WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY
Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can lead to high levels of chronic stress called caregiver’s stress. Almost 50% of caregivers experience this condition, which can be recognized by the presence of one or more of the 10 symptoms listed below.
Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who has been diagnosed. I know my loved one is going to get better.
Anger at the person with Alzheimer’s or frustration that he or she can’t do the things they used to be able to do.
My loved one knows how to get dressed — he’s just being stubborn.
Social withdrawal from friends and activities that used to make you feel good. I don’t care about visiting the neighbors anymore.
Anxiety about the future and facing another day. What happens when my loved one needs more care than I can provide?
Depression that breaks your spirit and affects your ability to cope. I just don't care anymore.
Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks. I'm too tired for this.
Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns. What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?
Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions. Please leave me alone!
Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks. I was so busy that I forgot my own appointment.
Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll. I can't remember the last time I felt good
Source: Alzheimer’s AssociationRead More
If you are a caregiver experiencing any of these symptoms you must disclose it to your local doctor before it causes irreparable damage to your health. The Gabi Williams Alzheimer’s Foundation has established monthly caregiver support groups to help caregivers navigate the emotional challenges caused by looking after a loved one with the disease.
This program will help you understand dementia, how to cope with your loved ones' challenging behavior, how to provide appropriate care, and how to take care of yourself.
We have written this material to introduce you to some aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Our aim is to answer some of the questions you may have about the nature, warning signs, and misconceptions of the disease.