Alzheimer’s and other memory loss diseases influence more than those who suffer from the disease. According to the Alzheimers Association, family and friends of those with memory loss provide 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care. Nearly 60 percent of these caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high.
When caregivers are stressed, it directly affects the health of the person they are trying to help. It can also worsen mental health of the caregiver, impair their immune system, and speed up placement of their loved one in a residential care setting.