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Caregiving for Alzheimer's Patients can be Lonely

- Monday, June 17, 2013

For caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, loneliness can  often be their prevailing emotion.  The social lives they once had somehow vaporizes. Patients are lonely too.  To the general public this concept can be baffling. How can two people, a caregiver and a patient who are together almost constantly, feel any type of reclusiveness or loneliness?

For Alzheimer's caregivers, the stress of caring for those with any kind of dementia is enormous. They constantly must stay on their toes, making certain not to say the wrong words, which can increase their loved one's confusion. The strain of this would be challenging for anyone. In addition, there's constant pressure to make certain that they're doing what is best for the patient. Most of the time, caregivers are wondering if what they are doing is even right or helpful. This produces a longing for outside companionship, fresh conversation and a break from responsibilities.

The strain of caregiving is enormous and challenging. For information on Azheimer’s care facilities, contact Spring Arbor.

The Tampa Tribune