CAREGIVERS – CREATING A SUPPORT SYSTEM
It takes a village….
A good support system with family members, friends, community and faith based organizations, coupled with strategic planning can make all the difference in alleviating stress when caring for a loved one with cognitive impairment. A good support system not only provide access to help and services beneficial to the person with dementia, but is key to providing the assistance caregivers need. Far too often caregivers struggle when faced with the many challenges they encounter while providing care for a loved one. Many African American caregivers feel that they are alone; others experience burnout, while many others succumb to personal illnesses due to increased stress and exhaustion.