Alzheimer’s disease affects not only those people who have the condition, but also the loved ones responsible for caring for those affected.
Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be very demanding and requires time and patience on the part of the caregiver. It is extremely important that caregivers receive the support that they need to make this job easier. Many caregivers suffer from their own health problems when providing full time care for a loved one. It is not uncommon for caregivers to sacrifice their own health in order to help a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
It is important for caregivers to realize that in order to take care of someone else, you must first take care of yourself.
The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada offers many educational resources and support tools which can help caregivers who care for someone with the disease. Caregivers are encouraged to visit www.alzheimer.ca for educational as well as social support.
The Lethbridge Alzheimer’s Society Chapter offers monthly support groups for those caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease. These meetings are informal and are a safe place where caregivers can share experiences and learn from others caring for those with the disease.
These meetings are held at:
Alzheimer Society Office
402, 740—4th Avenue South
For more information contact the office at (403) 329-3766.
There are many programs that exist to help you better care for yourself and your loved one. If you have any questions about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s speak with your pharmacist or doctor today.