Support for Carers

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be difficult and stressful. People with Alzheimer’s disease need their family, friends and carers to support their independence.

The condition can change the way a person responds to people around them (even if they have known them all their life) and may weaken their ability to communicate. Try not to take these changes in character or mood personally.

Alzheimer’s disease causes changes in the brain and it is important to accept these changes and learn to manage the condition rather than fight it.

Caring for too long without a break is not good for you and can result in sleep problems, high blood pressure and stress-related illnesses, and can affect your ability to support the person you are caring for.

Taking a break from any routine will help you to recharge your batteries and focus on yourself and your own hobbies and interests. Catching up with friends, meeting new people, or just a change of scenery can really make a difference for carers.

People who care for those with Alzheimer’s do an incredible job but often put their own needs last. But remember, the better your health and well-being, the better you will be able to care. 

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RXUKPDGL00004 March 2015