Alzheimer's Caregiving

Frequently Asked Questions

27. If you are feeling burned out from caregiving, what can you do?

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s takes a lot of time and effort. Sometimes, you may feel discouraged, sad, lonely, frustrated, confused, or angry. These feelings are normal. Here are some things you can say to yourself that might help you feel better.

  • I'm doing the best I can.
  • What I'm doing would be hard for anyone.
  • I'm not perfect, and that's okay.
  • I can't control some things that happen.
  • Sometimes, I just need to do what works for right now.
  • I will try to get help from a counselor if caregiving becomes too much for me.

You may want to join a support group of Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. These groups meet in person or online to share experiences and tips and give each other support. Ask your doctor, check online, or contact the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Some caregivers find that going to a church, temple, or mosque helps them cope with the daily demands placed on them. For others, simply having a sense that larger forces are at work in the world helps them find a sense of balance and peace.

For more information, see Getting Help with Caregiving. You can order a print copy of this booklet by calling 1-800-222-2225 or visiting