Watching a loved one slip away can
be sad and scary. Caring for someone with dementia can leave you feeling
drained. Be sure to take care of yourself and to give yourself breaks. Ask
family members to share the load, or get other help.
one will need more and more care as dementia gets worse. In time, he or she may
need help to eat, get dressed, or use the bathroom. You may be able to give
this care at home, or you may want to think about using a nursing home. A
nursing home can give this kind of care 24 hours a day. The time may come when
a nursing home is the best choice.
You are not alone. Many
people have loved ones with dementia. Ask your doctor about local support
groups, or search the Internet for online support groups, such as the
Alzheimer's Association. Help is available.