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Is Caring for a Senior with Alzheimer's Disease Causing You Stress?

By Amy Felman

Being a family caregiver is challenging, but this may be made even more difficult when you are caring for a senior who is living with Alzheimer's disease. The needs of a senior with this condition change and increase as their disease progresses, requiring and ever-increasing amount of care and support. This can cause you to feel a wide variety of emotions, and can put you under serious stress. Stress can be detrimental to your health and well-being, but also to the quality of care that you can give your parent. It is important to detect when you might be experiencing stress so that you can take the proper steps to reduce it and also to manage it better in the future.

Some signs that you might be experiencing stress include:

  • Closing off reality or being in denial about the seriousness of what you are going through
  • Feeling angry or resentful toward your aging parent, particularly when they start showing difficult symptoms
  • Feeling angry toward others because they don't understand what you are going through
  • Withdrawing from social activities or not wanting to do formerly enjoyable activities
  • Feeling anxious about having to give more care to your parent or about their increasing needs
  • Feeling deeply depressed or hopeless
  • Feeling like you are not able to handle what is coming your way
  • Exhaustion
  • Not being able to sleep because you are thinking about too much or feel overwhelmed
  • Having difficulty concentrating or forgetting things
  • Experiencing new health problems

Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be stressful and challenging. Fortunately, home care can be there for you to ease this stress and make the journey easier and more fulfilling for your aging parent and for you. A care provider can be in the home with your parent on a schedule that is customized to your parent's needs as well as the time that you are able to devote to caring for them so that your senior has access to the level of care that is right for them. Through these highly personalized services a care provider can ensure that your parent has the support, care, and assistance that they need to manage their daily needs, fulfill activities of daily living, maintain medication compliance, manage their health challenges, and stay as independent and active as possible as they age in place. This can help them to maintain a higher quality of life throughout their later years and support a better lifestyle for you as well.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregivers in Allison Park, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 364-4663.