VIDEO: HBO Documentary About Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Alzheimer's caregivers

5 personal stories from real Alzheimer’s caregivers

Caregivers is a moving HBO documentary about the lives of five family caregivers who are caring for spouses or parents with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s and other dementias are devastating diseases that affect far too many people. In the U.S., 1 in 9 people age 65+ has Alzheimer’s.

These courageous caregivers are brave enough to share their struggles, talk about what life was like before the disease, and discuss how they handle the ups and downs.

 

Caregivers talk about the challenges

In the film, five amazing women and men openly discuss their personal challenges in dealing with the changes in their loved ones, their own health issues, and their feelings of loss and frustration. They also share their coping techniques – including staying in the present and appreciating the little things.

 

Two seniors with Alzheimer’s share their experiences too

We also get to hear directly from two people who have Alzheimer’s. They talk about the changes in their brains, what they’ve lost, and how they cope and stay positive.

Hearing about their experiences helps us all get a better understanding of what it feels like to have the disease and how even simple things can be a struggle.

 

Bottom line

Caring for an older adult with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be an isolating experience. But knowing that a larger caregiving community exists helps you feel less alone. The real stories shared in this film shows that there are many people who are facing similar challenges and fears.

 

Next Step  Watch Caregivers for free on the HBO website (48 min)

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Source: Alzheimer’s Association
Image / video: HBO The Alzheimer’s Project

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