According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 15 million people are serving as caregivers to people with Alzheimer’s, providing over 1.7 billion hours of unpaid care every year. Carrying out their duties has a negative effect on their physical and mental health.
With so many people being Alzheimer’s caregivers, chances are good that you know one – either a friend, relative or neighbor. And chances are that you’d like to help, but simply don’t know how.
If you really want to be of service, instead of just saying, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do,” you may need to figure it out yourself and volunteer for a specific task(s).
Here are but a few things you can select from:
- Help clean the house
- Take over extras from a meal you’ve cooked for your family
- Do the laundry
- Do the grocery shopping
- Pick up medicines from the pharmacy
- Volunteer to run other specific errands
- Mow the lawn and/or do other yard work (assuming the person doesn’t use a lawn service)
- Visit and just let the person talk about feelings
- Drive the person with Alzheimer’s to their daycare center (if they’re going to daycare)
- Take the person with Alzheimer’s to the doctor
- Take the person with Alzheimer’s out for a drive
- Look after the person with Alzheimer’s in your home for a few hours
Whatever you select, try to be specific and try to volunteer to do it on an ongoing basis. Make sure you will be able to continue your help before you make a commitment.