Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia type illness is extremely demanding on the caregivers. We are always concerned about the stress on the caregivers and want to make sure they do not burn out or become ill themselves as they provide the care to their loved one.
Support groups for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients offer help to those caregivers who otherwise feel so isolated. However, often the caregivers are unable to attend the group meetings as a result of not having any other respite caregivers available. If you find yourself in this situation, consider the use of social media outlets to provide needed support.
The Alzheimer’s association has developed its own social media site called ALZconnected. This site allows caregivers who are otherwise unable to attend group meetings to connect with other caregivers who know exactly what they are facing. You may also post questions as well as helpful tips on the site which may be useful to other caregivers, on their solutions page. For anyone facing the care of an Alzheimer’s patient this site provides good information, contact with others and an opportunity to know that they are not alone. Message boards focusing on various topics are included on the site, with specific boards for caregivers, family members and even for the patient themselves.
Given the isolation of caring for an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient, it is comforting that there are resources that can be accessed without leaving your home. Consider the use of social media to help the caregiver feel supported while they attend to the very difficult job of caring for their loved one.
* The information contained in this Blog is intended for general information and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or an opinion of counsel.