For Caregivers, Family and Friends
Informal or unpaid caregivers (family members or friends) are the backbone of long-term care provided in people’s homes. While some aspects of caregiving may be rewarding, caregivers can also be at increased risk for negative health consequences.
There are steps you can take to help you navigate caregiving for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related Dementia. Access helpful resources and learn more about Caregiving below:
Memory Loss Among Caregivers
Among caregivers 45 or older, about 1 in 8 has subjective cognitive decline—defined as worsening memory problems in the past year. Learn about memory loss among caregivers and available resources.
Caregivers help maintain the health and well-being of older adults and people with disabilities or chronic health conditions. Learn about caregiving, caregivers, and their challenges and risks.
Baby Boomers Who Are Caregivers Report Poor Health
A CDC study found that 1 in 4 baby boomers are caregivers and reported having more chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than non-caregivers. Poor health puts baby boomer caregivers at risk for needing care themselves.
Helping Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias can be challenging. People with dementias may stop recognizing the person who is caring for them, can have trouble sharing their desires and feelings, and may become completely dependent upon their caregiver for daily activities such as eating, using the restroom, and bathing.