CBS News, part 2 of 3: Caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease

(CBS) In part two of our three-part series, “Alzheimer’s: A National Crisis,” CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton discussed some of the effects of Alzheimer’s on loved ones.

She pointed out more than 40 percent of family and other unpaid Alzheimer and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of care giving as high or very high, compared with 28 percent of caregivers of other older people. The stress is relentless.

“(Alzheimer’s patients) can require 24/7 care as it progresses. For this reason, caregivers are frequently experience high levels of stress. Too much stress can be damaging to both the caregiver and the person with Alzheimer’s.”

So how can you tell if you’re experiencing caregiver burnout?

Ashton said the symptoms can be subtle, but if you experience some of the symptoms below on a regular basis, you need to consult your doctor.

She said people should look for signs of depression, anger, sleeplessness, lack of concentration and physical health problems. These could all be signs you are way too stressed.

Ashton added caregivers need to take care of themselves.

Read more here at the CBS News Website.

One thought on “CBS News, part 2 of 3: Caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Caregiver burnout is a major issue for those with this awesome responsibility. Don’t overlook the role of humor to make things more bearable. Things that made me angry and frustrated when my mother (who had dementia)was alive, in retrospect are filled with funny happenings. This is true too for the many caregivers who read my blog and contact me about my book which emphasizes humor as a healing balm. Caregivers need all the emotional support they can get. Dementia is a disease that knows no boundaries. It is blind to the categories in which we usually place our fellow human beings. It can occur at the age of 55 or 85. It can happen to Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, males and females, rich and poor. It will not spare ex-presidents or ex-prime ministers. It did not spare my mother. Tears are shed by husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters—in fact anyone responsible for the care of a loved one with dementia.

    Bob Tell, Author
    Dementia Diary, A Caregiver’s Journal
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