Being a caregiver is stressful. Whether you are a paid professional caregiver or a family member caring for a loved one, managing stress is important in maintaining your own well being and helping you be the best caregiver possible. The Alzheimer’s Association identifies the following 10 symptoms of caregiver stress:
- Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who’s been diagnosed
- Anger at the person with Alzheimer’s or others, anger that no cure exists or anger that people don’t understand what’s going on
- Social withdrawal from friends and activities that once brought pleasure
- Anxiety about facing another day and what the future holds
- Depression that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope
- Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks
- Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns
- Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions
- Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks
- Health problems that begin to take their toll, both mentally and physically
In addition to monitoring for these symptoms in yourself and your caregivers, this information can be beneficial to friends and family of your residents or potential residents.
Anyone who experiences these symptoms should report them to his/her doctor.