Rewards of Caring

Although supporting someone with Alzheimer's disease can be challenging and stressful at times, families report that it can also be very fulfilling. This is true for a number of reasons:

  • Enjoying unexpected rewards

    You may be surprised by your own strength. A sense of well-being often comes from finding inner strengths you didn't know you had, and a great sense of satisfaction is often derived from helping others.

  • Making new friends

    By taking opportunities to talk to others who understand, for example joining a support group, you'll meet new people and will likely be comforted to see how many others are experiencing the same thing as you. Coming together to share experiences enables people to form bonds that they wouldn't otherwise make.

What's more, by keeping a positive attitude throughout, you may find ways to appreciate the preciousness of the time you have with the person you care about.