If you are visiting this website, you may well be facing the stressful aggravation and feelings of exasperation while struggling to provide adequate care to a loved one or client who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia or memory loss. You may be one of the estimated sixteen million desperate family members, or one of many beleaguered professional care providers, crying out for focused dementia care help while dealing with one of the most horrific illnesses of our time.
Caring for a person who has dementia is a labor of devotion and patience. Sadly, many caregivers selflessly sacrifice their own well-being during the process. In addition, many caregivers, whether they are lay caregivers looking after a loved one at home or professionals working in a clinical setting, do not have the knowledge or training they need to meet the challenges of dementia. My vision as The Dementia Whisperer is to share as much knowledge and insight with you as possible, both from my own experiences and from those of other professional and family caregivers. I have dedicated my career and my heart to providing support, education, inspiration and motivation to the 5.4 million caregivers caring for a loved one or client with any form of dementia.
Many of the caregivers who attend my presentations, read my book or watch my DVD share their own stories and experiences. A common theme among them is the tension that caregiving puts on their entire families, not just on the person who is the primary caregiver. Caring for a person with dementia can put strain on even the most well-balanced family.
There are disruptions in schedules, meals, family events, and personal space. The family’s finances can also be adversely affected—even drained—not only because the family is paying for private professional care, but often also because family caregivers must change jobs or take on additional jobs to free up time for their new roles. Because the person with dementia requires so much attention, young children and teenagers often don’t get the time and attention they need. And this disruption may happen just as the children need more of their parents’ attention, for one reason or another. The emotional toll on everyone can be extreme. Families must decide what caring for a family member with dementia in their own homes will mean in the day-to-day dynamic, and then decide whether they are able to take on this daunting challenge.
Along with the challenges of caring for a person who has a form of dementia, caregivers—especially family members—will experience conflicting emotions. Their feelings may swing from guilt, denial, and distress one moment to empathy, acceptance, and understanding the next. Not every circumstance is happy, positive, or easy. You may only rarely come to a place of acceptance or understanding about this experience, or maybe not at all. You may struggle to find any meaning along the road you are traveling.
To cope with the challenge, you must access all of your options for support, including local community resources. Never be afraid to ask for help.
And of course, read my book! It is written with you-the caregiver-in mind. If you are caring for someone with a form of dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease) or another cognitive impairment, this book is intended to help lighten your load every day. It is possible to simultaneously provide better care both for the person with dementia and better care for yourself.
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