If you're a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer's disease, you may greatly benefit from participating in support groups, some of which meet physically on a regular basis and others that interact virtually on the internet. Both offer advice, information, resources and comfort. People in support groups have a common understanding of the issues facing caregivers in similar situations. Many members become like family or close friends as they discuss common problems, coping strategies, and caring for themselves as well as the Alzheimer's patient.
It's especially important to get encouragement and help from family and friends. You may appreciate getting together with other caregivers to discuss feelings and may seek offers to help with various tasks. As much as possible, family members should support one another, offer assistance and respite to the primary caregiver, and stay up-to-date on the physical and emotional condition of the person with Alzheimer's.
You may find caregiver training, support groups, and, in some cases, professional counseling to be very helpful.
Resources for Caregivers
Many resources are available to those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease. These organizations and websites offer a wide variety of advice on:
- Health, financial, and legal matters
- Senior services and housing
- Caregiving strategies and tips
- Support and assistance for the caregiver
Many websites have databases to help find local services. See our list of Helpful Resources for contact information to organizations that offer caregiving support.