July 30 Online Chat: Help for Caregivers of Dementia Patients



Stressed-Caregiver-300x283.jpgThose who provide home care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia sometimes find the challenges to be formidable indeed. No matter how expert the caregiver, the responsibilities involved can be more than one individual is capable of handling. Getting help in such situations is crucial, both for sake of the loved one with dementia and for the sake of the home caregiver. Home Instead Senior Care’s next online chat, scheduled for July 30, is an invaluable opportunity to discuss “Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Asking for Help, Getting Help, and Accepting Help.”

Difficulty With Dementia

All caregivers face challenges, no matter what the health issues of their loved ones. Yet those who look after people with dementia often face special difficulties due to the behavioral issues that can accompany the disease. Wandering, physical resistance, and belligerence can be especially stressful for one person to handle alone.

Challenges such as these can create stress for caregivers, leading to such problems as anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, health issues, and, in some instances, difficulties with alcohol or drugs.

Getting Help

Preventing dangerous levels of stress may require asking for help with caregiving responsibilities. Many caregivers are reluctant to request aid for a variety of reasons.  For example, some caregivers may feel that asking for help constitutes an admission of failure. However, everyone needs help, and no one person can handle every situation, especially with circumstances as complicated as those that arise when caring for a person with dementia.

Chat

Those who feel that they could benefit from help in caring for an individual with dementia, either now or in the future, should participate in the July 30 online chat, which begins at 5:00 p.m. EDT.  Molly Carpenter, speaker, trainer, family caregiver, and author of Confidence to Care: A Resource for Family Caregivers Providing Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Care at Home, will be leading the chat. Interested parties can register by clicking here​.

Knowing when and how to ask for help and then accept that help is vital for the continued successful relationship between caregiver and patient. Please mark July 30 on the calendar and join this valuable chat!​

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