Doctor Miguel Gallego gave the opening speech of the courses for relatives and caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and other dementias organised by Afaga every year.

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Doctor Gallego explained that caregivers of people who suffer from dementia not only provide basic care such as hygiene, food and clothing, but are also responsible for preserving the elderly person’s autonomy and their presence in the family environment. They become therefore the most important bond for the patients.

Thirty-three per cent of caregivers reckon that being the main caregiver of a dependant person requires specific skills and knowledge. Although only a 10%  admits having received training.

 

Main problems they have to face

According to a study, the main problems described by caregivers are the physical effort involved in the caregiving (43%), family conflicts (25%) and the loss of one’s own life (23%). Moreover, 93% of caregivers consider that in the future the economic burden will be unbearable and ask for institutional support.

On the other hand, Miguel Gallego highlights that when families take care of a dependant person, they face important life changes because the caregiver’s role has an impact on their physical —chronic pain—, mental —anxiety, depression—, social —social isolation— and emotional health —overburden—, and all this led them sometimes to the abandonment or neglect of the caregiving.

How to avoid the “Caregiver Stress Syndrome”

Doctor Gallego offered some advice in order to avoid the “Caregiver Stress Syndrome”:

  • To accept the condition: inquire and receive training in the assistance, evolution, prognosis, treatments, subsidies and socio-sanitary resources.
  • To inform family and friends of the diagnosis in order to better understand the illness and its consequences.
  • To try having time for yourself and preserve your friends and close relationships as much as possible.
  • Do not isolate yourself. Contact associations of relatives that offer support, information and training.
  • To look and ask for professional help when necessary due to the overburden of the caregiving.

Furthermore, he emphasised that having a positive attitude is what works best when it comes to provide the appropriate assistance to a person who suffers from dementia and have a good physical and emotional health.VIVVIR CON O VIVIR CONTRA

Thirty-three per cent of caregivers reckon that being the main caregiver of a dependant person requires specific skills and knowledge. Although only a 10%  admits having received training.

 Main problems they have to face

According to a study, the main problems described by caregivers are the physical effort involved in the caregiving (43%), family conflicts (25%) and the loss of one’s own life (23%). Moreover, 93% of caregivers consider that in the future the economic burden will be unbearable and ask for institutional support.

On the other hand, Miguel Gallego highlights that when families take care of a dependant person, they face important life changes because the caregiver’s role has an impact on their physical —chronic pain—, mental —anxiety, depression—, social —social isolation— and emotional health —overburden—, and all this led them sometimes to the abandonment or neglect of the caregiving.

How to avoid the “Caregiver Stress Syndrome”

Doctor Gallego offered some advice in order to avoid the “Caregiver Stress Syndrome”:

  • To accept the condition: inquire and receive training in the assistance, evolution, prognosis, treatments, subsidies and socio-sanitary resources.
  • To inform family and friends of the diagnosis in order to better understand the illness and its consequences.
  • To try having time for yourself and preserve your friends and close relationships as much as possible.
  • Do not isolate yourself. Contact associations of relatives that offer support, information and training.
  • To look and ask for professional help when necessary due to the overburden of the caregiving.

Furthermore, he emphasised that having a positive attitude is what works best when it comes to provide the appropriate assistance to a person who suffers from dementia and have a good physical and emotional health.

VIVVIR CON O VIVIR CONTRA
To conclude, doctor Gallego offered some words of encouragement to all caregivers:

VIVVIR CON O VIVIR CONTRA

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