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10 Things Dementia Caregivers Need to Know

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and other dementias poses many challenges. These are progressive disorders that diminish clear thinking, memory, communication, and eventually the ability to take care of oneself. Many times dementias are accompanied by behavioral changes including mood swings, anxiety, depression, fear and irritability. As the caregiver of a friend or family member, you are taking on an important role that demands patience, awareness and a special understanding of the obstacles ahead.

Aside from day-to-day considerations – such as preparing healthy meals, making a safe environment, assisting with activities of daily living and tending to healthcare needs – there are other aspects of dementia caregiving that must be addressed.

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The Effects of Dementia Caregiving ~ How are You Holding Up?

Caregiver Quiz ~ How Are You Holding Up?
If you are responsible for the care of a loved one with dementia, it’s important to recognize if you are overwhelming yourself to the point of experiencing stress-related health issues. Take a moment to look over our quiz to see if you're affected by caregiver stress.

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Alzheimer’s or Age-Related? Know the Signs

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs, please see a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.

Keep in mind, when you're under a lot of strain, other factors can also play with your mind, such as moving too fast, not getting enough sleep, depression or typical age-related changes. The majority of people over age 50 – even over 60, 70 or 80 – don’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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