10 Family Stress Symptoms in Dementia Patients

10 Family Stress Symptoms in Dementia Patients

According to a study by the Alzheimer’s Association & National Alliance for Caregiving (2004), 30-40% of family members providing dementia care experience depression and emotional stress.

Discussions related to caregiving and dementia treatment at home often overlook the impact on family members providing care for the dementia patient. This aspect is equally important to consider since dementia caregiving demands comprehensive and 24-hour attention. Additionally, all types of dementia are chronic and progressive, meaning that symptoms persist and conditions worsen over time.

Due to the significant demands of dementia caregiving, it is essential for caregivers to be aware of their own conditions to avoid experiencing burnout. Before reaching excessive stress and being unable to provide the best care, family members need to take steps to improve their own well-being.

Here are 10 stress symptoms that family members providing dementia care might experience:

  1. Denial
    • Unable to accept the disease and its effects on the family member with dementia. For example:
      • Not believing that their parent has a disease causing dementia.
      • Hoping that the parent’s condition can be treated or return to normal.
  2. Anger
    • Feeling frustrated that the dementia patient cannot do things they should be able to do. For example:
      • Believing that the parent should know how to do things like dressing, but they are stubborn about it.
      • Feeling that the parent has become lazy or dependent, needing assistance for everything.
  3. Self-Isolation
    • Making excuses to avoid socializing or engaging in activities that used to bring happiness. For example:
      • Feeling too busy or tired to participate in activities outside of caring for the parent.
      • Being reluctant to meet others as they assume others won’t understand their family’s situation.
  4. Anxiety
    • Constantly worrying about the future and what lies ahead. For example:
      • Worrying about when the parent will need more care than they can provide.
      • Feeling anxious about what other problems may arise.
  5. Depression
    • Feeling overwhelmed, losing motivation, and affecting the ability to cope. For example:
      • Feeling hopeless and resigned to the situation.
      • Struggling to make everyday decisions.
  6. Excessive Fatigue
    • Often feeling drained and finding it impossible to complete daily tasks. For example:
      • Neglecting housekeeping.
      • Not consistently taking care of themselves.
  7. Sleep Difficulties
    • Restless nights due to constant worries with no end in sight. For example:
      • Restless if the parent wanders out of the room or falls when going to the bathroom alone.
      • Burdened by thoughts related to all responsibilities and duties that need to be fulfilled.
  8. High Sensitivity
    • Easily hurt emotionally, leading to a troubled heart and triggering negative responses and actions. For example:
      • Feeling incapable of interacting with others due to difficulty controlling emotions.
      • Avoiding others to avoid the need for politeness.
  9. Difficulty Concentrating
    • Easily distracted, making it difficult to perform daily tasks. For example:
      • Forgetting appointments with others due to being busy.
      • Being challenged to complete tasks thoroughly as attention is constantly divided.
  10. Health Problems
    • Physical and mental well-being becomes routinely disrupted. For example:
      • Starting to feel sick, dizzy, or frequently catching colds and flu.
      • Body feeling unwell for extended periods.

If family members providing dementia care experience prolonged stress symptoms, it is essential to seek solutions promptly.

Here are some tips to avoid excessive stress:

  • Seek assistance from others to take turns in caring for the family member with dementia. Professional caregivers from institutions like RUKUN Home Care are available besides domestic workers or family members.
  • Make use of Day Activity Programs where dementia families can socialize and participate in activities throughout the day, such as at
  • RUKUN Senior Care.
  • Allocate time for regular exercise.
  • Engage in stress-reducing activities such as meditation, breathing exercises, and massages.
  • Maintain a healthy and regular eating pattern.
  • Ensure adequate rest and sleep.

RUKUN Senior Care
Email: info@rukunseniorliving.com
Phone: 021 8795 1525 


Alzheimer’s Association, 10 Symptoms of Caregiver Stress

About RUKUN Senior Living

We believe that happiness and comfort are the keys to a person’s quality of life. So, RUKUN Senior Living has offered a range of residential facilities and services for seniors to support all their needs – from seniors with an independent and dynamic lifestyle to those who need assistance with daily activities. 

The range of service options available provide flexibility to adjust to a senior’s needs. For seniors who prefer to live on their own or with family members, there is: 

  • RUKUN Senior Club
    for independent seniors to participate in a full day schedule of activities. 
  • Dementia Day Program
    for senior with dementia to participate in a series of activities and interactions designed to optimize their day. Available at Darmawan Park, Sentul dan Dementia Support Center, Cipete.
  • RUKUN Home Care for seniors who need profesional caregiving in the home (Service the JaBoDeTaBek area).

Those interested in residing at RUKUN Senior Living, Sentul, can enjoy a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offering a range of residential options and integrated services as a solution for each phase of a senior’s life:

  • RUKUN Senior Living Resort
    with complete facilities and a range of supporting services including Activity, wellness monitoring, food and beverage, housekeeping dan
    laundry, and Assisted Living services. The complete facilities include:
    Activity Room, Game Room, Art Room, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Fishing Lake, Jogging Path, and Gazebos.
  • RUKUN Senior Care
    offering an intimate facility and services for seniors needing Dementia Support and Nursing Care. Includes activity program, 24-hour wellness staff and doctor on staff.

Email: info@rukunseniorliving.com
Phone: 021 8795 1525

10 Family Stress Symptoms in Dementia Patients

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