Common Emotions Experienced by Alzheimer's Caregivers

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Common Emotions of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

By Glenn Krakow, 8:00 am on

Caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s has been described as the hardest job a person could ever have. Most family caregivers also have little, if any, experience in caregiving, making the job even more demanding. If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s and are flooded with emotions, this is completely normal. Read on for some of the very common emotions experienced by those who care for senior loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
Stress

High stress levels can negatively impact both the caregiver’s health, and the quality of care that he or she is able to provide. Some of the symptoms of caregiver stress, include:

  • Anger at the person with Alzheimer’s
  • Isolation
  • Exhaustion
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate

Caregivers who are feeling highly stressed should take steps to lower their anxiety levels. There are many Alzheimer’s care resources available such as in-home care in El Dorado Hills, which can provide caregivers with respite, while ensuring quality care for the senior adult. Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, visualization, and meditation are often effective as well.

Depression

Caregiving can lead to a variety of emotions including sadness, anger and even depression. Caregiver depression can occur at the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms, or anytime later as the disease progresses and the cognitive abilities of the loved one decline. Signs of depression include:

  • Easily disturbed or frustrated
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Changes in weight or eating patterns
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness

Depression can be successfully treated, particularly if addressed early on. Enlist the support of friends, families, and others who have gone through similar circumstances. Medication, therapy, and support can also help family caregivers better manage their emotions.

Grief

As Alzheimer’s progresses, most caregivers mourn the person they have loved and lost. The caregiver may find themselves shifting through the different phases of grief: denial, anger, guilt, sadness, and acceptance. Eventually, the final stage of grieving is reached, acceptance. Caregivers accept the diagnosis, and the changes necessary for day-to-day life. Many caregivers find happiness by being able to be with the family member, in the moment. Frequently, caregivers begin to find personal meaning, and growth, while caring for their loved one.

Support for Your Family

At Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills, we understand that an Alzheimer’s diagnosis impacts the entire family and want to provide you with high-quality care, support and encouragement that is needed during this new stage of life. We invite you to learn more about Alzheimer’s home care in El Dorado Hills and how it can benefit your family. Call 916-358-3801 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. Located in El Dorado Hills, CA, Home Care Assistance is your trusted local choice for senior home care.