Jul 19, 2014

Loneliness and Caregiving

Loneliness is a complex emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Alzheimer's love, dementia, Loneliness and Caregiving

Loneliness often includes anxious feelings about a lack of connectedness or communality with others.

The causes of loneliness are varied and include feelings of social, mental and emotional isolation.

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Alzheimer's caregiver sometimes say...
  • They experience a general sense of emptiness.
  • They miss having people around.
  • They feel like they don't have enough friends.
  • They often feel abandoned. 
  • They miss having really good friends.
Do any of the above describe the way you sometimes feel?

Do you ever feel lonely or depressed?

What can be done to change or reduce these feelings?

Does attending support groups help diminish feelings of loneliness?

How do you feel and what do you do to combat the feelings of loneliness that are often associated with Alzheimer's care giving?

Use the comments area below to share your insights, feelings, and replies to others.

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