Caregivers need support. There’s no doubt about it. Whether a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s lives at home with the caregiver, or whether the loved one lives in a memory care community and the caregiver serves as a care manager and trustee, caregivers face continual stress and often a lost sense of self. The Alzheimer’s Association has trained staff and volunteers ready to assist caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One important way they help is to host support group meetings, and I recently attended my first.
If you think you are seeing more “old people” out and about these days, just wait. North America and most of the developed world are bracing for what is being called the “silver tsunami.”