The Kaiser Health News recently published an article emphasizing the importance of caregivers taking care of themselves (“Caring For A Loved One? Care For Yourself, Too”). As noted in the article, “caregiving is hard, it may get harder, and it often leads to emotional, physical and financial hardship.” This is particularly true if you are caring for loved one with dementia which the article describes as “caregiving on steroids”, because of its never ending nature.
The article stresses the importance of seeking help. Do not assume you can handle it all by yourself. Far too many patients outlive their caregivers because they fail to take care of themselves. This may include seeking help from friends, family or church members, contacting your local Area Agency on Aging or other resources.