Alzheimer's Caregivers have to cope with a lot of stress. Many are battling alone without even a diagnosis, let alone any support or access to resources. This story illustrates the problem and demonstrates the importance of asking for help.
This gentleman who was trying to cope at home alone with his wife, is an example of what happens with a lot of Alzheimer's caregivers. He was grieving for the capable wife he had lost, and had ended up with a helpless and dependent, childlike person to care for with no support.
There is still a stigma attached to mental illness and he was embarrassed to admit to his wife’s behaviour. This was even more isolating for him.
We need to raise awareness of the plight of those battling along at
home alone. We need to realise that their loved one’s personality is
disappearing in front of their eyes and they will be suffering many of
the emotions of grief. This gentleman was in denial and shock. He was
quite depressed and frightened of what was happening.
It was fortunate I recognised the signs of Alzheimer’s when I did and was able to reach out. My experience nursing those with Alzheimer’s and dementia helped me to do that, but I fear what happens to those who slip through the net.
Instead of being frightened of mentioning what is going on, we all need to reach out to those in need of help. These days we all live busy lives, and often don’t even know our neighbours. It’s important to be aware of what is going on around us; that people can be grieving even when their spouses, or parents are still with them.
I would urge everyone, don’t ignore strange or worrying behaviour. Talk to the family about it. Urge them to seek professional help. The sooner loved ones are diagnosed, the better they can be helped, and their families supported.
My book was written with Alzheimer's Caregivers in mind. It gives practical and emotional support as well as education for those who care for people withdementia of all types.
For more information about what's in the book click on the image:
Our free downloadable and printable document "The 10 Most Important Things You Can Do To Survive Your Grief And Get On With Life" will help you to be positive day to day.
The 10 points are laid out like a poem on two pretty pages which you can pin on your fridge door to help you every day!
All you have to do to receive this free document is fill in your email address below.
You will also receive our newsletter which we send out from time to time with our newest comforting and helpful information. You can unsubscribe any time you like, and don't worry, your email address is totally safe with us.
NEW BONUS - Also receive a copy of our short eBook - '99 Ways to Spot a Great Grief Counselor'. Available for instant download as soon as you sign up. Never waste money on poor counseling again!