10 Signs of Stress for Alzheimer’s Caregivers in Chatham County

January 12, 2017 | By Lorenzo Mejia

Caregiving for Alzheimer’s disease patients can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. Caregivers can face real stress that can go unrecognized and untreated. It is important to take a break from caregiving duties with the help of family and friends, so that you can enjoy some time to yourself doing something you enjoy. Over 59% of family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s rated there emotional stress as high or very high. Here are 10 signs of caregiver stress:

Denial about the disease and its effect on the person diagnosed. The caregiver wants to believe it will get better.

Being angry or frustrated at the person with Alzheimer’s that they can’t do things like they used to do. They don’t understand why the loved one might not get dressed because they know how to and think the person is being stubborn.

Social withdrawal from friends and activities. They lose the desire to be with friends and neighbors.

Anxiety about the future and facing another day. What will happen when I can no longer do this anymore.

Depression that affects your ability to cope and breaks your spirit. They just don’t care anymore.

Exhaustion that makes if difficult to complete daily tasks. I am just to tired to do this.

Sleeplessness cause by worry and concerns. Always asking what-if. What-if they fall, what-if they wander out of the house.

Irritability that leads to moodiness and negative responses and actions. Leave me alone!

Lack of concentration that prevents them from performing familiar tasks. I was so busy, I forgot the appointment.

Health problems that take a mental and physical toll. I don’t remember the last time I felt good.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, try to arrange counseling and help for them.

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