Caregiver Depression…

Some reports estimate that over 75% of elders with dementia are cared for in home usually by spouses and family members. Further, over a third of those caregivers will succumb to pronounced depression, exhaustion and anger. While the focus is on the elder with dementia and the sadness, frustration and realities this causes you, be mindful that the one spending all day, all night caring for that loved one….another loved one…may be suffering on many levels and keeps it from you with that stoic or smiling persona. Have a plan of care and support for the ‘patient’ and the caregiver. Somber times, harsh realities, not time to turn away. 



9 Responses to “Caregiver Depression…”

  1. February 23, 2016 at 12:56

    Many Iraqi families scattered around the world . Older generation however either refuse to leave theirs homes left behind to force loneliness in a harsh reality or forced to join/tour their children families who now live in an alien environment . The sadness associated with either situations often triggers dementia. Until recently leaving your parent in a care home used to be a shameful deed. Hence, many of my friends now face the trauma of having to make such a decision….

  2. January 19, 2016 at 12:44

    So true. Being a caregiver for someone who doesn’t want you (or anyone else) to be their caregiver intensifies the sadness and frustration, as does realizing you have no other option but to continue doing so.

  3. January 17, 2016 at 22:58

    I’m going to visit a couple for whom that holds true today. Not dementia, but multiple conditions

  4. January 17, 2016 at 18:41

    This is a huge area of concern. I speak from experience and so do you.

  5. January 17, 2016 at 14:01

    Amen to this my friend as I have been tending to Dad and my step mother, but thankfully we have brought in a caregiver for several hours daily—I know how exhausting it is and I am one of the fortunate ones who does have help—I couldn’t imagine being with them 24 / 7 365

  6. January 17, 2016 at 12:47

    As a caregiver for my brother with dementia for years, I agree with everything you say. There has never been anything harder to handle in my life than being a caregiver. The stress and sorrow are unbelieveable.

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