Alzheimer's Caregiving: Asking for What You Need
Taking care of someone with Alzheimer's disease can be a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week job. If you try to do everything yourself, eventually you'll get burned out.
Caregivers are at higher risk for:
Alcohol and drug use
Poor sleep and diet
Chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease
Headaches and other aches and pains
Before the stress can make you sick, ask friends, neighbors, or family members to take over some of the work. When you ask for help, it doesn't mean that you've given up on your loved one or you don't love them. It just gives you some time to take care of yourself. You'll be a better caregiver when you care for your own mental and physical health.