Looking after yourself
Providing care for someone living with dementia takes a tremendous toll on the physical and emotional health of the primary caregiver, yet many caregivers often don't recognize the warning signs, or deny its effects on their health.
How are you sleeping at night? Fine. How many times do you get up during the night? Not many. How many times were you up last night? Oh, twelve. It’s just another sleepless night for the dementia caregiver.
Many caregivers tend to set their own needs aside while caring for the person living with dementia and hope that if they don't think about it, the stress might just go away.
But you need to take care of yourself, too – the information in this section can help you reduce the many stresses associated with caregiving, and help you find resources that support your quality of life.