Support for dementia caregivers: It is available, it is often free of charge, and it is essential

If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you know it requires you to be the best you can be. Over time, that can be a challenge—to maintain your positive attitude, to stay focused, and to be creative. Often caregivers themselves do not realize how valuable it can be to talk to others in the same situation—to share experiences, to listen to the solutions they have tried that worked for them, and to share your own stories. Here are three caregivers talking about their experience with the value of support in caring for your loved one. Support can take the form of respite care, help from other family members, bringing in a professional to consult, or simply joining a support group.

The importance of support 

Sybil Prince, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, discusses the value of support—respite care, counseling, and support groups.

Value of support groups

Chantel Foster, Social Worker, speaks with Liz Sabo about her (very positive) experiences attending various support groups with other caregivers of persons living with dementia.

Importance of support groups

David Petherbridge finds information to help him understand what is going on with his wife from many sources—books, other caregivers, and support groups.