Who is caring for the estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease? Over 15.9 million family and friends are providing over 18 billion hours of unpaid care to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. While no caregiver’s experience is the same as any one else’s, one thing is certain: there is an emotional, physical, and financial cost to everyone involved.

Here we offer helpful strategies and resources, and share inspiring stories by and about caregivers.

Do you have a story about your experience with caregiving that you’d like to share?
Reach out to us at info@womensalzheimersmovement.org.

 

 

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

When you’re lost in the woods, the best thing to find is a friend who knows where the path is, knows where the clearings are, knows how to build a fire to keep you warm, how to forage for food, can take your hand and say, “Let me show you the way.”

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What Caregivers Really Want Their Friends to Know

The truth is, caring for aging parents is an experience that’s hard to relate to unless you’re going through it. None of us can easily imagine just what life is like with a parent who needs help doing the simplest things like eating, getting in and out of bed or god forbid, going to the bathroom.

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Taking Care of the Caretaker

“I think it’s time to realize that there are problems for which there are no good solutions. I want to honor the caretakers who give it all they’ve got and decide they have to take action to save themselves, even if it disappoints them in their own eyes.”

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Help for Caregivers at the End of Their Rope

“I think it’s time to realize that there are problems for which there are no good solutions. I want to honor the caretakers who give it all they’ve got and decide they have to take action to save themselves, even if it disappoints them in their own eyes.”

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