November is National Family Caregiver’s Month! There are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the U.S. alone. This month is in place to honor those families and individuals. The Alzheimer’s Association’s website is honoring caregivers by allowing friends and family to post comments thanking these selfless individuals for everything they do for loved ones.
The website also has an entire page devoted to supporting and reaching out to caregivers. There are articles focusing on coping with stress, grief, and anxiety that may come from caring for a loved one. There are tips on how to help your loved one most efficiently with daily activities. There is also a “Stress Check” quiz available, which allows caregivers to target what is causing them stress and gives tips on how to overcome those anxieties.
No two caregivers are dealing with the same situation. Some deal with financial decisions and others worry about getting their loved one dressed and showered. No matter what the situation, handling these duties is hard work that can be both physically and emotionally draining. The Alzheimer’s Association is here to aid in those pressures. Their resources and help are available 24/7. Even though each situation is unique, every caregiver is fueled by the same love and support that keeps them doing what they are doing and that should be recognized and appreciated.
For more questions or resources, log on to www.alz.org