The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are nearly 15 million caregivers who are currently looking after a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. This is a responsibility unlike any other – in many cases, patients can rarely ever be left alone.
As such, there are going to be side effects. Caregivers often experience feelings of social isolation as they dedicate themselves to assisting loved ones. They can become depressed or change to worse eating habits and exercise routines.
Some may choose to install a medical alarm system to better care for a patient, because this device can be used to immediately send a medical alert to a call center if a household needs to immediately request assistance.
Whatever the situation, The Hernando Today states that it's up to caregivers to find their inner strength. Find a network of friends or family who can continually send words of encouragement, if nothing else.
"You… must guide your loved one through the remainder of his or her life on a simple, beaten path," the news source writes. "The sooner you establish this familiar trail, the easier it will be… Forget about any mistakes you make. Everyone makes them. You're better off looking at the humor in the situation. It's there."