Explore the Emotional Impacts of Dementia Caregiving
Family caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's and related dementias are often referred to as the "invisible second patients." Their daily caregiving responsibilities can leave them physically and emotionally drained. They are lifting, pivoting, and turning their care recipient, all without specialized training on how to do so without injuring themselves. These constant physical activities can leave a family caregiver too exhausted to engage in their own self-care. Moreover, dementia caregiving exacts a psychological toll. A loved one's diagnosis and progressive decline can result in social isolation and loneliness for the caregiver. Friends may not understand the challenges. Family caregivers can feel alone. They can also feel stigmatized as people no longer know how to relate to their circumstances. They don't know what to say.
Here under this tab of "Emotional Impacts," we describe the physical and psychological impacts of dementia caregiving. We also explore the root of stigma surrounding a dementia diagnosis. With each story, we not only examine the struggles. We also identify solution responses that are helping family caregivers navigate their challenges.