There are currently almost 6 million people living with dementia in the United States, and over 16 million people who help care for them. Alzheimer's and other dementias can take a tremendous toll, particularly on spouses and adult children of those living with the disease. In a survey given by the Alzheimer's Association, nearly 60% of caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high, over 40% of caregivers suffer from depression, and 75% report significant concern about maintaining their own physical, emotional, and mental health.
If you have a loved one living with dementia, you may be experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, guilt, and overwhelming stress. There may be family conflict about the best way to care for your loved one, or worry about financial and legal issues. Therapy is one way to care for yourself, so you can better care for your loved one.