How to be an Alzheimer’s caregiver and do it in a healthy way is a topic that should be given special attention.
As a caregiver, your love and dedication play a crucial role in supporting your loved one’s well-being. However, while caring for others, it’s easy to forget about our own health.
Alzheimer’s Association provides some essential tips on how to be a healthy Alzheimer’s caregiver, making sure you can provide the best care while taking care of yourself.
1. See The Doctor:
One of the first steps to becoming a healthy caregiver is to seek support. You don’t have to do everything alone.
Reach out to family, friends, your faith community or organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association® for help.
Regular visits to your doctor are essential.
Watch for signs of exhaustion, stress, sleep disturbances or changes in appetite or behavior.
Ignoring these symptoms can be detrimental to your physical and mental well-being.
2. Get Moving:
Exercise is a powerful tool to help you cope with the demands of caregiving.
It can reduce stress, prevent illness and improve your overall well-being.
Finding time to exercise may seem challenging, but it’s not impossible.
Here are some tips to help you stay active:
- Accept help from friends and family.
- Incorporate short workouts into your daily routine.
- Start with small, manageable exercise sessions.
- Exercise at home during your loved one’s naps.
- Find an activity you enjoy to make it a habit.
- Include your loved one in physical activities such as walking, dancing or gardening.
3. Eat Right:
Maintaining a healthy diet is beneficial to your overall health and can help protect your brain.
Consider adopting a Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and healthy fats.
Involving your loved one in meal preparation can be a bonding experience.
Explore healthy recipes together.
4. Tips To Help You Cope:
Caregiving can be emotionally and physically draining.
Here are some strategies to manage stress and maintain your well-being:
- Find relaxation techniques that work for you to manage stress.
- Be realistic about your role and focus on the positive moments.
- Know that you are doing the best you can and join a community of caregivers for support.
- Take breaks when needed and explore respite care options.
- Accept that the needs of a person with Alzheimer’s may change over time and look for community resources and caregiving options to ease transitions.
How To Be an Alzheimer’s Caregiver: Workshop for Caregivers
The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Workshop.
Discover essential strategies for effective communication, learn how to manage your loved one’s behaviors and gain valuable tips for coping with the challenges of the disease.
Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with others who share your situation, learn from experts in the field and equip yourself with the tools you need to provide successful caregiving.
Log in at this Zoom link to access this event.
Your role as a caregiver is invaluable. Join us on November 15 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.!
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Readers should direct any questions regarding personal health care to licensed physicians or other appropriate health care professionals.