Every week we have spouses and children come in to our office looking for help with their loved one with dementia. We know that caring for a dementia patient can be very difficult, to say the least, and we want to help where and whenever possible.
Here are 10 signs of caregiver stress from the Alzheimer's Association:
- Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who has been diagnosed. I know Mom 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. He 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 with the neighbors anymore.
- Anxiety about the future and facing another day. What happens when he 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. Leave me alone!
- Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks. I was so busy, I forgot my appointment.
- Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll. I can’t remember the last time I felt good.
If you or a loved one are experiencing these types of stress, we offer our life care planning services to assist the both of you. Life care planning involves the use of our social worker in addition to legal and financial support.