Alzheimer's / Dementia

11/3/2023 | By Alzheimer's Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association offers seven tips to help Alzheimer’s caregivers balance competing priorities while maintaining their overall health and well-being.

More than 55 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Over 11 million people provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In honor of those caregivers, November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and Family Caregivers Month. 

“Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s takes longer, lasts longer, is more personal and intrusive than most other diseases, and takes a heavy toll on the health of the caregivers themselves,” said Lisa Roberts, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter. “During the course of the disease, caregiving tasks escalate and become more intensive. Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are often managing multiple conditions, including memory loss, comorbidities, loss of mobility, reduced communication skills and behavioral and personality changes.”

To help caregivers balance competing priorities while maintaining their overall health and well-being, the Alzheimer’s Association offers these tips: 

A son and his senior mother outside, she in a wheelchair and he with his arms around her. Image by Dmitry Kalinovsky. For article of tips to help Alzheimer's caregivers.
  • Find time for yourself. It’s normal to need a break from caregiving duties. No one can do it all by themselves. Consider taking advantage of respite care or help from family and friends to spend time doing something you enjoy.
  • Become an educated caregiver. Understand the disease, its progression and accompanying behavioral and physical changes. Know resources in your community that can help.
  • Build a support network. Organize friends and family who want to help provide care and support. Access local caregiver support groups or online communities, such as ALZConnected, to connect with other caregivers. If stress becomes overwhelming, seek professional help.
  • Take care of yourself. Try to eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest. Making sure that you are healthy can help you be a better caregiver.
  • Avoid caregiver burnout. Sustained caregiver stress can lead to caregiver burnout – a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. The Alzheimer’s Association offers Caregiver Stress Check to help caregivers identify and avoid caregiver burnout.  
  • Accept changes. Eventually your loved one will need more intensive kinds of care. Research care options now so you are ready for the changes as they occur.
  • Know you’re doing your best. It’s normal to lose patience or feel like your care may fall short sometimes. You’re doing the best you can. For support and encouragement, consider joining an online or in-person support group.

This information has been provided by the Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter, highlighting the unique challenges facing Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers and urging caregivers to take care of their own health. As part of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Chapters in North Carolina are offering free education programs and support groups to help all North Carolina caregivers and their families. For a complete list or to register for upcoming programs, visit

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, visit or call 800.272.3900. 

Alzheimer's Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association - Eastern North Carolina Chapter serves 51 counties, providing education and support to those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including those living with the disease, caregivers, health care professionals, and families. The organization also advocates for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and advancing critical research toward treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure. Learn more at