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Thursday, January 3, 2013

What Do Dementia Caregivers Feel?


The responsibilities that come with effective Alzheimer's caregiving are enormous. The typical Dementia caregiver often concludes that family, relatives, and friends have no real understanding of what their life is like.

By +Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room 


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It is not unusual for Alzheimer's caregiver to experience extreme stress on a daily basis.

Beyond stress, dementia caregivers can experience feeling of sadness, hopelessness, anger, and the inability to control their living environment.

It is also true that caregivers can experience feeling of happiness, accomplishment, joy, and a strong sense of accomplishment.

The responsibilities that come with effective Alzheimer's caregiving are enormous.

Alzheimer's caregiver often concludes that family, relatives, and friends have no real understanding of what their life is like; and, how difficult and stressful life as a caregiver can be.

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Which of he following apply to you as an Alzheimer's caregiver? Which of these bother you?
  • Getting angry or frustrated about the added responsibility of Alzheimer's caregiving.
  • Feelings of sadness or depression as you watch the memory and health of your loved one decline.
  • Feeling isolated and trapped in your role as an Alzheimer's caregiver.
  • Feeling abandoned by family and friends.
  • Constant worry about the financial impact of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Difficulty coping with the abrupt mood swings and behavior changes of an Alzheimer's sufferer.
  • Not being able to work due to my caregiving responsibilities.
Please feel free to add your own descriptions of your feelings to this list. Or, tell us how you think others perceive you in your caregiver effort.

Do family, relatives, and friends understand what you are experiencing?

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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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