Informal caregivers experience many physical and mental stressors from daily involvement in caring for their loved ones living with dementia. These physical and mental stressors include:
● Physical strain as they struggle between their own health issues and providing physical care (e.g. assisting with activities of daily living)
● A sense of emotional burden and guilt when they feel they are unable to provide optimal care for their loved ones
● Having their loved ones be in denial of their diagnosis
● Managing their loved ones’ behaviour changes, which include instances where these behaviours cause conflicts with neighbours and embarrassments in public
● Dealing with uncertainty, due to the progressive nature of dementia
● Family conflicts, which may arise from unequal care participation and/or contribution towards financial expenses, lack of family support, inability to reach healthcare decisions amicably, etc.
These stressors often lead to several negative emotions in caregivers, such as anxiety, worry, depression, guilt, frustration and anger.