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Keep Healthy While Caring for an Alzheimer's Patient

A caregiver's health is important to the person who is in need

By US Department of Health and Human Services | February 5, 2013

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's could be the toughest job you ever have. It's important to stay physically and emotionally healthy when you are providing care. It is not selfish to worry about your own health – taking care of yourself means you will be there for the person who needs you.

Caregiver Health


Long-Distance Caregiving
Changes in Relationships
  •  The Alzheimer's Association has information on changes in relationships with a loved one with Alzheimer's, family and friends.

Intimate Relationships

Grief and Loss
Talking to Family and Friends About Dementia

Many people are uncomfortable talking about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Even doctors sometimes are reluctant to discuss this situation. That is understandable, but not talking about the illness can make the person with Alzheimer's feel even more isolated, sad and frustrated. Caregivers need to talk with others about what they are going through, too. Whether reaching out to friends and family or through a support group, talking about what you are facing is actually important for your health.

Tips on How to Communicate with Family and Friends About the Disease
  • The Alzheimer's Association has advice for caregivers on how to communicate with family and friends, and how to handle family conflicts.
  • The Family Caregiver Alliance has suggestions on how to deal with and prevent conflicts among siblings when making decisions on care for a parent with Alzheimer's.

Children and Teenagers

Alzheimer's affects the whole family, including children and grandchildren. Information can help make it easier for your loved ones to cope.