10 Symptoms of Caregiver Stress: Act Now Foundation

10 Symptoms of Caregiver Stress: Act Now Foundation

Alzheimer’s Awareness:

  1. DENIAL about the disease and its effects on the person who’s been diagnosed. “I know Mom is going to get better”.
  2. ANGER at the person with Alzheimer’s or others, anger that no cure exists or that people don’t understand what’s happening. “If he asks me that one more time I’ll scream”.
  3. SOCIAL WITHDRAWL from friends and activities that once brought pleasure. “I don’t care about getting together with the neighbors anymore”.
  4. ANXIETY about facing another day and about the future. “What happens when he needs more than I can provide?”
  5. DEPRESSION that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope. “I don’t care anymore.”
  6. EXHAUSTION that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks. “I’m too tired for this.”
  7. SLEEPLESSNESS caused by a never ending list of concerns. “What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?”
  8. IRRITABILITY that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions. “Leave me along.”
  9. LACK OF CONCENTRATION that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks. “I was so busy. I forgot we had an appointment.”
  10. HEALTH PROBLEMS that begin to take a mental and physical toll. “I can’t remember the last time I felt good.”


If you experience any of these signs of stress on a regular basis, make time to talk to your doctor.

Disclaimer: this information was taken directly from the pamphlet from Act Now Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Awareness. Please relax and deep breath. You all are doing good.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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4 Responses to 10 Symptoms of Caregiver Stress: Act Now Foundation

  1. jwatrel says:

    Everyone take a deep breath and hold on. It will get better.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Nancy Rosasco says:

    The cover of caregiver.com conveys sadness, although some of the informative topics where getting help referring to difficult situations are really sad, maybe you could choose a more warm cover. The first issue about Alzheimer’s Awareness is sad and true we should all worry if we experience sudden changes in our health. This terrible disease devastates both the sick person and the family members. It is very important to find a place that will help us cope with so many changes in the family environment.
    We are experiencing so many natural disasters finding where to live and eat after disaster is mandatory. Another place that helps in cases of domestic violence and so forth are really useful. It is very important to know that there are many different places where you can ask for help if necessary. This list of many help places with phone, email, address and type of help, is an excellent job. Congratulations Mr. Watrel.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jwatrel says:

      Dear Nancy,

      The cover I use is ‘when walking the path alone’ is not about sadness but more the independent trail we take as caregivers. We walk the path alone but in it we seek help. This is what I hope to accomplish with this site. Is to help those people who seek it out. I transfer information from many of these organizations and programs and try to get the word out so that people are not scrambling to look for information all over the web. Please spread the word so that we can help as many people as we can.\


      Professor Justin Watrel

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Nancy M Rosasco says:

    Dear Professor,

    I understand the meaning of the picture now, because I see it from another point of view. Definitely, you help a lot of people with this information.

    Sincerely, Nancy Rosasco

    Liked by 1 person

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