Increasing lifespans mean more people than ever are part of the “sandwich generation” — those caring for aging parents and children under 18. Plus, there are typically more layers in the “sandwich,” like work, spouses, friends, and personal needs.
Unsurprisingly, the constant tug-of-war can take an emotional and physical toll. Add a disease like Alzheimer’s to the challenges the loved one is facing, and getting support for the caregiver becomes more important than ever.
Fortunately, many resources exist that can empower your caregiver clients to address their wide-ranging needs. Knowing what to expect, what to do, and how to cope can go a long way toward alleviating feelings of uncertainty and stress. Preparation can also empower caregivers to be proactive versus reactive, and allow them to help loved ones be better prepared as well.
Take a look at a research-based, hypothetical caregiver journey to gain insight into what your clients may be facing and identify ways you can help.
Also, empower clients with the Caregiver’s Field Guide that offers practical strategies for those caring for a loved one with dementia.