Don't Neglect Your Own Needs

When you discover that a loved one is dealing with Alzheimer's, it's only natural to do whatever necessary to provide the support and care they need, whether that's making sure they eat enough, stay safe in their home, or receive daily check-ins. But the demands of caregiving can be draining, especially in the long-term, and you can be left feeling worn out and exhausted. As much as you want to give to your loved one, at some point, you'll eventually start feeling like you have nothing to give.

When you are so busy worrying about someone else, you don't have any time or energy to care for yourself. Often, the result leads to burnout, which is neither good for you or your loved one. But it doesn't have to get to that point. Whether it's asking for outside help or learning your limitations, when you focus on self-care you'll ultimately become a better caregiver for your loved one.

Negative Emotions

Alzheimer’s isn’t just hard for those who have it — it’s emotionally challenging for friends and family, too. Here are some common reactions to Alzheimer’s along with some tips for coping.