(WFXR) — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that caregivers who live with people who are diagnosed with dementia-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s have a greater risk for depression.

“Alzheimer’s family caregivers frequently put their family member’s needs ahead of their own physical and emotional needs—often to the point where they become overwhelmed. Many experience depression brought on by exhaustion, stress, and feelings of isolation and loss. When these feelings start to occur, they shouldn’t be reluctant to seek help or open up,” said Jennifer Reeder, LCSW, SIFI, AFA’s Director of Educational and Social Services. “Everyone needs to replenish themselves, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and it’s important that caregivers find ways to do that.”

There are ways to help combat depression if you are a caregiver.

The AFA provides a helpline with licensed social workers that are available daily that can provide support and information. You can find out more information by calling 866-232-8484, sending a text message to 646-586-5283, or chatting online on the AFA’s website.