Having a parent or loved one diagnosed with dementia typically comes with a whirlwind of emotions. Fear, denial, or feeling overwhelmed to name a few. The emotions might not have set in yet as you process next steps and identify how to support your loved one best.

Considering Family Caregiving?

Processing an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis is a lot to take in. Whether it comes as a shock or verifies what you suspected, you likely have a lot of questions:

  • Do you have the time and energy for anything additional on your plate?
  • How flexible is your schedule? Will you be able to bring your loved one to and from doctor appointments? Handle a wealth of phone calls to doctors, insurance companies, and more?
  • Can you care for a loved one who may experience dramatic mood changes, including anger and acting out, as they try to make sense of their world?
  • Do you have other family members with whom you can share caregiving responsibilities?

Processing an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis is a lot to take in. Whether it comes as a shock or verifies what you suspected, you likely have a lot of questions:

  • Do you have the time and energy for anything additional on your plate?
  • How flexible is your schedule? Will you be able to bring your loved one to and from doctor appointments? Handle a wealth of phone calls to doctors, insurance companies, and more?
  • Can you care for a loved one who may experience dramatic mood changes, including anger and acting out, as they try to make sense of their world?
  • Do you have other family members with whom you can share caregiving responsibilities?

 

Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver

Whether you’re the primary caregiver, or you share caregiving responsibilities with others, taking care of yourself is likely the last thing you think about. But having a good support network you can turn to for advice and encouragement when you feel alone, overwhelmed, or even frustrated can ensure that even on the toughest of days, you have the support you need to support your loved one.

 

What You’ll Learn

Although this eBook might not answer every single question you have about caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, it will help determine next steps now that you have the diagnosis in hand. You’ll learn about the various documents you should have in place after diagnosis (if you don’t already), resources for caregivers (regardless of how much support you provide), self-care tips, and long-term care considerations.

Chapters include:

  • Important Documents to Have in Place
  • Resources to Create a Network of Support
  • What to Consider Before You Become a Caregiver
  • Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver
  • Planning for Long-term Care
Guide to Caring for Someone with Dementia for Family Caregivers

It may be tiring and even emotionally exhausting at times, but ensuring you have a solid support system, the proper resources, and a long-term plan allows you to give your loved one the care and support they need. Fill out this form and get your free copy of your Guide to Caring for Someone with Dementia for Family Caregivers.

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