For Caregivers

The Caregiver Community Action Network (CCAN) is a unique and highly dedicated group of over 100 volunteers in more than 40 states. Our CCAN volunteers reach out to family caregivers to provide education and support. They also teach caregivers to be advocates for themselves and their loved ones.

What is it like, day after day, year after year, to be the family caregiver of a person with dementia?

An anonymous caregiver answered…  I recently asked my doctor the same question and was prepared to go on anti-depressants. I was in the midst of deciding whether or not to bring my mother home from rehab or put her in a nursing home. He said it was irrational to think about bringing her home and irrational thoughts are a symptom of depression however my depression was situational. Perhaps anti-depressants would ease my pain but so might time so why risk the side effects of meds unless the symptoms persist.. Just hearing this from a trusted doctor who really knows me was enough to straighten out my thinking. I decided that putting mom in a home was in her best interests as well as mine. Although I’m not exactly jumping with joy, the depression has yielded to appropriate sadness. I can sleep at night, the anxiety has lessened, I can function at work and I’ve been enjoying being with friends.

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