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Taking care of a loved one who has
Alzheimer's disease or another
dementia can be a difficult, stressful, and tiring
job. It affects the caregiver's health and ability to rest and can be a source
of stress and conflict for the entire household.
The demands of
caring for a person who has dementia may cut off caregivers from friends,
leisure activities, and other responsibilities. For a caregiver who has health
problems, the physical and emotional strain of caregiving can make those
problems worse. Fatigue, depression, and sleep problems commonly develop, and
caregivers often carry an added emotional burden of feeling worried, guilty,
and angry about taking care of the person.
If you are a caregiver,
you can benefit by learning as much as you can and taking care of
Care for yourself
Current as of:
June 11, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology
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