Alzheimer's Caregiving

Biggest Challenge: Alzheimer's caregiving

--Nancy

Response from DM: 

Dear Nancy:

Caregiving is a very hard job, especially when you have a tendency to not take care of yourself, as is often the case. Anyone who is caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's has even more challenges. Take advantage of the Alzheimer's Association (http://www.alz.org/). They have a wealth of information on a national level, but equally important, on a local level. I am sure that you have limited free time, but getting support from those who are facing the same challenges can help you feel less alone with your problems and challenges. If you attend a local meeting, or get involved with blogging with others in your position, there is a wealth of practical information that can be gleaned from those who may have already worked out the particular problem or concern you are currently dealing with. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. As for taking care of yourself, that is a must. If you get sick or can no longer cope with the events at hand, who will care for the person in your charge? Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it is practical. Remember that you are not alone in this endeavor.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marion

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