Family caregivers—people who are providing care for an elderly or disabled parent, spouse, sibling or other family member—work hard. Caregiving is often an overall joyful experience. It can be rewarding to be able to help and support a family member when they really need it. But caregiving can also be exhausting—both physically and emotionally. Caregivers can feel like they are on call 24/7. There always seems to be something to do or something to worry about, especially if you’re loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia.
It’s important for caregivers to seek support on their caregiving journey. It’s hard to go it alone. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B offers many Services for Seniors that family caregivers might want to explore. Having support services like home care, meals on wheels or adult day care can help supplement and support the care you’re providing yourself and help you take an occasional break.
The AAA 1-B also offers classes, events and information designed to help family caregivers: