It can be difficult for family members who find themselves in the caregiver role. It is important to take time for yourself and make sure that you are getting out of the house.
A caregiver may feel like they are never able to take time for themselves. They can become frustrated, which will only add more stress on their loved one with Alzheimer's. This doesn't just apply to caregivers, but also for parents or siblings of someone with Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia where a person has trouble with memory, thinking and behavior. This disease can be difficult to handle as a caregiver because you never know what your loved one will do or say next.
However, the early stage of Alzheimer's is also known as mild cognitive impairment. In this stage, the person with Alzheimer's may still be able to take care of themselves but might need assistance with other tasks such as managing their finances or making decisions about their personal care.
The progression from the early stage of Alzheimer's to the late stage can happen quickly or gradually over time. The diagnosis for this disease is usually given at age 60 and progresses slowly for 10 years before it starts to take a toll on daily life.
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