Dementia Caregiving Is Too Much

What to Do When Severe Dementia Caregiving Is Too Much
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Watching a loved one with end-stage dementia is a unique kind of spiritual and emotional drain. Loss and hopelessness can feel overwhelming. Indeed, some caregivers even consider suicide when the meaninglessness of the present seems to blot out past and future.

If you've had pervasive dark thoughts, please do this:

  • Realize that sharing your feelings is a critical first step to showing your own self the same loving kindness you've shown the person with dementia.

  • Confide your sadness to a member of the clergy, a trained counselor, or a nonjudgmental friend. His or her perspective can help shift your current perceptions, which, while real, don't reflect your entire life story.

  • Don't delay. Dementia care tends to narrow one's world and therefore distort it. Even when you feel very alone, there's a world of interested others out there who can help bring you back into the light you deserve.

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio