November is National Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. This month we celebrate millions of people who care for a friend or family member in need and raise awareness of family caregiver issues.
Many people receiving care from caregivers are suffering from Alzheimer's. One in 10 people age 65 and older suffers from Alzheimer's. Many caregivers of people with dementia experience a variety of emotions, including a sense of loss coming from caring for a person who is physically present but mentally absent. This can take a toll on many family caregivers.
It is not only important for the caregiver to give care to their loved one, but also to take care of themselves. Being a caregiver is one of the most stressful jobs, and taking time away is equally important.