Alz Caregiver: 23 Resources to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

23 resources for Alzheimer's disease

Caregiver stress is real, and so are these articles, books, and other resources which are available – either for free or for a small sum – to help you relieve anxiety and avoid burnout.

 Stress and Anxiety Resources for Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers

  1. Care for the Caregiver: Managing Stress (PDF, 175K) (2013, 19 p.)

Lists 10 warning signs of major caregiver stress such as depression and sleep problems, discusses the importance of having a positive outlook (and gives tips to counter negative thoughts), and recommends techniques to manage and decrease stress such as meditation, doing something you enjoy every day, exercising, and keeping your sense of humor.


  1. Caregivers (2009 video, 49 minutes)

It is one section of the four-part multimedia public health series The Alzheimer’s Project, produced by the National Institute on Aging in association with the Alzheimer's Association, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer's Initiative. It celebrates the successes and shares the sacrifices of primary caregivers of people with dementia.


  • HBO Documentary Films.
  1. Caregiving and Ambiguous Loss (2013, 2 p.)

Ambiguous loss is a feeling that comes over many people who care for a loved one physically, but not mentally or emotionally, there. This fact sheet provides advice to cope with the resulting depression, anxiety, and other health problems.


  1. Caregiving Resource Center (2014)

This AARP website provides information, resources, and advice for caregivers, including tips on stress management and caregiver support.


  1. Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging (2013, 104 p.)

Helps understand and respond to the challenges of caregiving, for example how to address physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

  • National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center.
  • Call 1-800-438-4380.
  • E-mail [email protected]


  1. Caring for Yourself (PDF, 672K)(2012, 2 p.)

Discusses the importance of getting help and where to ask for it, as well as methods for bolstering feelings and meeting spiritual needs.


  • National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center.
  • Call 1-800-438-4380.
  • E-mail [email protected]
  1. Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories: A Support Group in a Book (2005, 288 p.)

Authors Lynda A. Markut and Anatole Crane interviewed family caregivers from Alzheimer’s disease support groups and share their experiences, feelings, and challenges regarding early symptoms and diagnosis, behavior changes, emotions, and coping with losses in this book.


  • Vanderbilt University Press.
  • Call 1-800-627-7377.
  • E-mail [email protected].
  • Price: hardcover $69.95, softcover $24.95, e-book $23.99.
  1. Dementia, Caregiving and Controlling Frustration (2003)

It teaches caregivers to recognize and address signs of frustration stemming from a situation beyond their control.


  1. Depression and Caregiving (2003, 4 p.)

Describes symptoms of caregiving-related depression and suggests ways of coping such as medication, psychotherapy, and other treatments. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.


  1. Hit Pause: Helping Dementia Families Deal with Anger (PDF, 2.1M) (2006, 12 p.)

It helps caregivers who are angry at the care receiver or at other people to preserve self-control and cope better with difficult situations. It also includes advice to cope with sadness and guilt.


  • Duke Family Support Program.
  • Call 1-800-672-4213/1-919-660-7510.
  • E-mail [email protected]
  • Price: $2.
  1. Lessons Learned: Shared Experiences in Coping (PDF, 151K) (1999)

Includes many short stories and advice compiled by Edna Ballard and Cornelia Poer from the experiences of an Alzheimer caregivers support group. Addresses the positive and negative aspects of caregiving like diagnosis, support services, decisions about treatment, care, and living arrangements.


  • Duke Family Support Program.
  • Call 1-800-672-4213/1-919-660-7510.
  • E-mail [email protected]
  • Price: $10.
  1. Living with Grief: Alzheimer's Disease (2004, 290 p.)

Comprises background information, personal accounts, and information to help deal with loss before and after the death of a relative with Alzheimer’s disease. It also explains the challenges and benefits of providing hospice care.


  • Hospice Foundation of America.
  • Call 1-800-854-3402 or 1-202-457-5811.
  • E-mail [email protected].
  • Price: $12.48.
  1. Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories (2005, 136 p.)

Labeled as a ‘portable support group,’ this book presents the stories of caregivers as a means of providing comfort and let caregivers know they are not alone. Includes six stories from author Carol Bradley Bursack’s experience as a caregiver for a neighbor and six family members, as well as stories from caregivers all across America. Also see the Minding Our Elders website.


  • McCleery and Sons Publishing.
  • Available from online booksellers.
  • Price: Paperback $12.53.
  1. Mom's OK, She Just Forgets: The Alzheimer's Journey from Denial to Acceptance (2006, 182 p.)

It states that denial is not an acceptable coping mechanism but can actually worsen things. Authors Evelyn McLay and Ellen Young recommend behaviors, tools, and techniques for leaving denial behind and assume a loving and improved attitude.


  • Prometheus Books.
  • Call 1-800-421-0351.
  • Price: Paperback $17.98.
  1. Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir (2007, 208 p.)

Author Carol O’Dell juggles the needs of her husband and children, those of her sick, aging mother, and her own in this sincere portrayal of the effect caregiving has on relationships, beliefs, and lives.


  1. National Respite Locator

A national searchable database that helps caregivers get a break from their duties. It also offers The ABCs of Respite: A Consumer Guide for Family Caregivers free guide, and technical assistance for respite providers.


  • ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center.
  • Call 1-919-490-5577.
  • E-mail [email protected]
  1. Pressure Points: Alzheimer's and Anger (PDF, 151K) (2000, 70 p.)

Defines anger, identifies risk factors for anger, and discusses maintaining control, helping children cope with anger, dealing with an angry Alzheimer patient, and dealing with abuse in a home or care facility.


Duke Family Support Program.

Call 1-800-672-4213/1-919-660-7510.

E-mail [email protected].

Price: $10.

  1. Strength in Caring: Giving Power Back to the Alzheimer's Caregiver (2005)

Author Mark Matloff helps families and caregivers strengthen their emotions in order to face the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Includes legal aspects, medical facts, dealing with grief, coping with stress, and building happiness.


  • Online booksellers.
  • Price: Paperback $18.
  1. Surviving the Waves of Dementia Care Grief (PDF, 2.0M) (2011, 3 p.)

This magazine article describes the fluctuating process of grief from diagnosis to death and how to cope with it.


  • Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
  • Call 1-866-232-8484.
  1. Take Care of Yourself: 10 Ways to be a Healthier Caregiver (PDF, 866K) (2012, 6 p.)

Lists signs of caregiver stress and suggestions for managing it positively.


  1. Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers (2012, 4 p.)

Focuses on sources and relievers of stress, and provides suggestions for establishing goals and solutions.


  1. Wait a Minute! When Anger Gets Too Much (PDF, 151K) (2003, 6 p.)

Includes scenarios and advice from social workers for families of people with dementia to deal with anger and frustration.


  • Duke Family Support Program.
  • Call 1-800-672-4213/1-919-660-7510.
  • E-mail [email protected].
  • Price: $2.
  1. When a Family Member Has Dementia: Steps to Becoming a Resilient Caregiver (2006, 184 p.)

Susan McCurry helps caregivers increase resiliency based on 5 principles; Don’t argue, Accept the disease, Nurture yourself, Create novel solutions, and Enjoy the moment. Each principle is illustrated with a vignette.



Call 1-800-368-6868.

E-mail [email protected].

Price: $39.95; call for e-book price.


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