Nearly one-third of people caring for terminally ill loved ones suffer from depression according to research from Yale University. About one in four family caregivers meet the clinical criteria of anxiety. And a recent study found that 41 percent of former caregivers of a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia experienced mild to severe depression up to three years after their spouse had died.
Caregivers are so vulnerable to depression because they often sacrifice their own needs while tending to their loved one and because of the constant stress involved. Here, then, are 12 tips to help protect you from anxiety and depression and to guide you toward good mental health as you care for a relative.
via 7 Depression Busters for Caregivers | World of Psychology.
It’s not surprising that caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s Disease is stressful. The New York University School of Medicine ‘s NYU Spouse-Caregiver Intervention Study is providing information on what exactly leads to that stress and what can reduce it.
There are two important contributors to caregiver stress: lack of social support and caregiver assessment of the patient’s behavior – something that can cause a caregiver to misunderstand their spouse’s actions as intentional, rather than part of their disease.
Read on for how support groups, counseling and education can help reduce caregiver stress.
via Alzheimer’s Research | Alzheimer’s Research on Caregiving.
As a family caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and often times, angry. The anger probably stems from being exhausted, overwhelmed, and frustrated. To make matters worse, it is also very difficult to make sense of the situation and your changing relationship with your loved one–and worse yet, no one to really target your anger towards.
The Duke Family Support Program offers a wide variety of well-written resources for caregivers who are trying to manage their emotions by helping them understand them. One particular resource, “Pressure Points: Alzheimer’s and Anger” helps caregivers navigate through their emotions in a compelling booklet. The booklet can be ordered for $8 through the site.
via Great Resources for Coping With Emotions of Alzheimer’s » Right at Home – Senior Home Care – The Right At Home Way.
One of the scariest aspects of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia is how sorely the job can test patience. Can Alzheimer’s care push a person to the limits? Sure. Can Alzheimer’s care push a person beyond the limits? That’s the question a recent tragic story raises.
via 5 Ways to Avoid Getting Pushed to the Brink by Alzheimers Care.
Insurance companies. School meetings. Tantrums in public. Rude strangers. Lack of sleep.
Ask the mother of a disabled child what stresses her the most, and she’ll probably just laugh.
via Fredericksburg.com – Caring for caregivers of disabled.