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How do I know if I need to get help as a caregiver?

It is a sign that a caregiver needs help when he or she is unable to handle a situation. Caregivers may become so over-stressed that they are counterproductive and not taking care of their own needs or the patient's needs. This is when they have to find a means of getting help.

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Dr. Helen Lavretsky, MD
Neurologist

The best way to know if you need to get help as a caregiver for someone with dementia is to ask yourself how you feel. Do you sleep? Do you eat? Are you happy?

Sometimes, there are positive features to caregiving. Only 50% of caregivers are depressed, which means that 50% are not depressed. They find solace in their caregiving, as well as power. It’s an empowering task. Mastering different aspects of caregiving can be rewarding, as can trying to enjoy what you can with your relative with dementia or any other illnesses.

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