When Siblings Can’t Help with Alzheimer’s Parents

Often it’s one child (if there are many in a family) who becomes the main caregiver of an Alzheimer’s parent.  For some reason, I’ve found this to be the case in so many families.  Sometimes the reasons are valid:

  • Live far away
  • Illness of their own
  • A job that’s demanding
  • Finances
  • Children to care for

However, hopefully they can find ways to help and support the main caregiver:

  • Financially
  • Positive input and encouragement, not argumentation
  • Spelling the caregiver for short and sometimes longer periods

Caregiving is a demanding task and those who aren’t actively involved too often don’t realize just what you have to do.

How have you and your siblings solved the family caregiver situation?





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