Dementia Caregivers Pay High Emotional Toll, Need More Support, Surveys Say

Dementia Caregivers Pay High Emotional Toll, Need More Support, Surveys Say
Two surveys released today — the start of Alzheimer's disease month — examine the emotional toll the condition places on caregivers, and their need for greater support. The results are both revealing and alarming. The online survey by the Alzheimer's Association also delves into the serious lack of preparedness among the public, finding that while a full 70 percent of the 1,502 adult participants feared being unable to care for themselves and live independently as they aged, only 24 percent were planning financially for their future care needs. A mere 20 percent reported ever speaking with a family member about their care preferences. Two in every three (64 percent) of the 25o survey respondents currently caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia also agreed to feeling "isolated or alone" in the task, and more than four in every five (84 percent) said they needed more help with caregiving, especially from other family members. Those findings were echoed in the survey by Home Care Assistance, which focused on caregivers to determine whether those caring for people with dementia spend more time giving care, and are more stressed doing so, than those assisting people with other chronic illnesses. Specifically, this survey — of 670 family caregivers performed May 8–11 by Research Now — found that 26 percent of dementia caregivers spent more than 25 hours a week caring
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