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Caregiver Guilt

Living With Alzheimer's >> What They're Feeling | 04.24.15

Caregiver guilt: handling feelings of shame and inadequacy At some point, every caregiver feels they aren’t doing enough. They may lose their temper and snap at the person in their care. On particularly bad days, they may simply wish it would all be over. All of these situations — and many other moments of stress…

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Caregiver Stress

Living With Alzheimer's >> What They're Feeling | 04.24.15

Caregiver stress: finding time for your own well-being The health effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions don’t just strike the people with these illnesses. They also impact their overworked caregivers who are susceptible to emotional and physical stress that can lead to serious health issues if not addressed. It is important, then, to recognize…

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Mood Swings

Living With Alzheimer's >> What They're Feeling | 04.24.15

Mood swings: dealing with sudden emotional changes Sudden mood swings are a common symptom of dementia-related conditions. Without warning, a loved one may have a mysterious tantrum, and then just as suddenly, return to a place of calm or happiness. These outbursts are stressful for caregivers because the cause is often unknown to them —…

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Grief & Loss

Living With Alzheimer's >> What They're Feeling | 04.24.15

Grief and loss: dealing with news you never wanted to hear A diagnosis of dementia is a life-changing event, both for the person with the condition and their caregivers. It is the beginning of a “long goodbye”, marked by intense feelings of grief and loss for all involved. By facing these emotions and preparing together…

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Negative Caregiver Thoughts

Living With Alzheimer's >> What They're Feeling | 04.24.15

Negative thoughts: the dark places a caregiver can go. Few things are more challenging than the daily journey of seeing to the needs of a person with dementia. The struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy in the midst of a debilitating and deteriorating condition can lead to stress, anxiety and depression in caregivers. On…

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