The caregivers of loved ones and patients living with dementia are certainly unsung heroes. However, their role can cause caregiver stress and lead to a number of health and wellness issues. There are over 15 million unpaid caregivers helping people living with dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. All the free caregiver hours is estimated to be more than 18 billion with a $230 billion value. Did you know that caregiver stress affects 35% of caregivers?
Are you a dementia caregiver ?
Here is a list of some of the symptoms that you should look out for:
1. Feeling like you need to do everything on your own.
2. Constantly worrying that your loved one or patient is not safe.
3. Being withdrawing from family and friends, as well as activities you once enjoyed.
4. You feel anxious about money and job decisions.
5. Staying in denial about the outcome of your loved ones dementia symptoms.
6. Feeling upset or depressed that your loved one or patient relationship is not as good as it was in the past.
7. Frustration and anger with your loved one during daily routines.
8. You experience mental and physical health issues that are becoming noticeable and problematic.
If you are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms of caregiver stress, you should talk to a doctor. It is essential to the health of your loved one or patient living with dementia that your health and wellness remains optimal.
Do you need support?
We encourage you to join our monthly support groups. Visit www.livewell.care/support-groups/ for more information.