40 percent of caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients likely to have health problems


February 7, 2011

While many families are currently caring for senior parents, there is an increasing need of support for those who will be responsible for Alzheimer's patients. This is because individuals with this disease is expected to drastically rise in the coming years – reaching up to 16 million by 2050, according to The Memphis Daily News.

This presents a problem for many, because around 40 percent of caregivers for these patients can suffer from serious health conditions due to their responsibilities. Some of these include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, strokes and heart attack.

"There can be sleep deprivation from worrying about the patient or getting up in the middle of the night to change the patient or answer calls for distress," Dr. Clay Jackson told the news provider. "If the patient is ambulatory, they may go out of the home and get confused and become lost. All these things play into sleep deprivation."

One way that caregivers may be able to sleep easier is by installing a senior alert system. This device can allow users to immediately send a medical alert in the case of an emergency and may help keep Alzheimer's patients safe.