Managing Stress

Part 2: Symptoms of Stress

Taking care of someone with dementia requires time and energy. It can be a demanding and stressful task. Knowing and recognizing the signs of stress in yourself or someone you care about is the first step toward taking action.

Watch this video to learn about the ten warning signs of care partner stress.

For Reflection...

After you watch the video, take a few minutes to reflect on the following questions.  Feel free to make some notes.

  • What stood out for you as you listened? Did you recognize any of the warning signs in yourself?
  • What will you continue to do in your role as a care partner to manage your own stress?  What will you stop or do differently?

Care partner stress is a normal part of dementia caregiving. There are steps you can take to reduce it, but first, you must recognize it.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of care partner stress, it is important to seek help. The person under stress should go to the doctor for regular check-ups. Ask family members and friends for their help and support. Take advantage of community programs that provide respite and relief from caregiving, practical help with meals or housework and assistance with the care of the person with dementia.  And plan ahead for both the immediate future and the long term. These are just some of the things care partners can do to make their lives a bit easier.

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