Build a support team. "Caregivers naturally become frustrated and upset. It's hard to smile, stay relaxed and calm," Vincent says. That's why it's necessary to talk to family and friends about taking turns in caring for a loved one. Kallmyer says it's important to ask for help. "[Alzheimer's] goes on for a long time and gets worse as the disease goes on. It's surprising, but it can sneak up on people," she says. It's important to develop a plan with family members or a health care team before the point of overwhelming exhaustion kicks in. Consider finding a caregiver support group through a local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Stay connected. When you're stressed beyond a point of reason, it's difficult to care for someone else or yourself. If you need help, call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 are local chapter 970-259-0122 or go to alzconnected.org.