Caring for an older loved one is never easy, but caring for someone with Alzheimer’s presents special challenges. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 40% of these caregivers suffer a “high” level of emotional stress. And according to a study published by The Journal of Immunology, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can actually shorten a caregiver’s life by up to 8 years!

Contact the Alzheimer’s Association or your local senior center. Both will help you find the appropriate resources and support groups to join.

Arrange for respite care. Do not hesitate to call relatives, neighbors or friends and ask for help. Put together a weekly schedule of people you trust.  This will allow you the time you need to run errands, buy groceries, or take a few hours off from caregiving. Home care agencies like Tender Hearts at Home Senior Care are experts when it comes to respite care. Whether you need a caregiver for a few hours or 24/7, we are there for you.