Taking Care of a Person with Dementia

by Denise D.

The Loneliest Job?

If you take care of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, it’s easy to feel alone. For one thing, the person you are caring for is changing. A relationship that has been a mainstay of your life is no longer the same. Your loved one might not even recognize you.

For another, you might not get out as often as you used to. Maybe you’re not sure how your loved one will act outside the home. (Our society, after all, tends to stigmatize dementia.) And you’re not sure your loved one will be safe at home alone.

Support in Numbers

Although the job feels isolating, you are not alone. In 2017, 16.1 million Americans provided 18.4 billion hours of uncompensated care (valued at over $232 billion) for a person with dementia. Since the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, which is only one type of dementia, is expected to more than double (from 5.7 million in 2018 to 14 million by 2050) in the next few decades, the number of care partners will only rise.

Support at the Library

With these rising numbers, there is a growing need for information and support directed to care partners. We hope this list helps.

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