Sharon Major, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, at Impressions Memory Careat Bryn Mawr in Bryn Mawr, Pa., says, “For most of us, the holiday season is a very special time of year. We focus on the importance of our families and friends while recalling the many blessings we enjoy. It is also a unique time of sharing, faith and festive social occasions filled with the spirit and joy of the season.
Being the primary caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can be an extremely challenging and highly stressful role. Experts note that Alzheimer’s can affect the entire family, and its impact on primary caregivers can be so overwhelming that they themselves can succumb to emotional burnout, depression and serious health problems such as hypertension. For this reason, caregivers have been called “the second victims” of Alzheimer’s disease.