Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that destroys brain cells and affects a person’s memory, thoughts and behaviors. Family members, caregivers and those diagnosed with the disease can experience a profound emotional impact as they deal with this challenging diagnosis. People with Alzheimer’s typically need daily assistance and often receive that care from family members, partners or close friends. As the disease progresses, symptoms worsen, which brings new challenges for caregivers. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recommends that people caring for Veterans with Alzheimer’s educate themselves to better understand the stages of the disease which can help with preparing and planning for what lies ahead.
If you are caring for a Veteran with Alzheimer’s disease, remember that you are not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help. VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 855-260-3274 has licensed caring professionals standing by. Be sure to take good care of yourself too, because your good health is essential to your ability to keep providing for the Veteran you care for.