The Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) is a social service agency and is made up of caregivers, professionals and all who are interested in dementia. ADA provides daycare for people with dementia, as well as services such as counselling, support groups, referrals and public education talks. The Association also conducts training and workshops for caregivers.
Caregiving is by no means an easy task, especially if you’re the primary caregiver of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. As rewarding as it is being able to be there for a loved one, it is also natural to feel stressed, exhausted, frustrated, and sad at times.
Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be harrowing—it’s normal for the person who has been diagnosed to feel a range of negative emotions, from sadness to frustration, or even outright denial. Understanding the reason behind the denial is important to coming up with strategies to help your loved one.