Watching a loved one live with Alzheimer’s and dementia can be challenging. While being a caregiver has its rewarding moments, caring for someone as they are suffering from memory loss can take its toll both physically and emotionally. As we come to the end of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we want to remind you that you are not alone.
The following are services that can provide you with the support you need as you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and dementia:
The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Canadian’s impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Society has programs and services available to help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their family, friends and caregivers. Information and support can be accessed by contacting your local Alzheimer Society or by calling 1-800-616-8816.
First Steps is an online brochure that will explain what changes to expect when you or your loved one is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The brochure describes how to plan for future changes and what treatment options to explore.
Guidelines for Care is a summary on how to care for someone living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The document encourages caregivers to make choices that are in keeping with the person’s lifelong values, preferences and interests.
Reducing Caregiver Stress provides tools for caregivers which include: knowing and recognizing caregiver stress, ways to reduce caregiver stress and tips on how to plan for the future.
While caring for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s and dementia can feel like it’s a difficult road ahead. Know that there are resources and services available that can help you on your path.