Caring for a family member with a chronic illness, like Alzheimer’s, can lead to caregiver stress and burnout.
“Some signs of caregiver stress include fatigue, depression, anxiety, negative thinking, withdrawal, irritability, and mental and physical exhaustion.” says Megan Robinson, Associate Department Chair of Behavioral Health at Neighborhood Health Center.
There are some steps you can take to help prevent burnout. These include:
- talking with a friend
- joining a support group
- setting realistic goals or expectations
- making time for self care
- knowing your own limits
"Remember what flight attendants say: Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others," says Robinson.
Buffalo’s local Alzheimer Association offers many virtual and in person support groups for people who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's. Plus, there is a 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.
Your primary care provider at Neighborhood can also refer you to a member of the Neighborhood behavioral health team for more individualized support.