Alzheimer’s caregivers often report feelings of stress and being overwhelmed. The Alzheimer’s Association offers these 5 tips for keeping caregivers healthy and well.
5 Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
- Manage your level of stress.
Stress can cause physical problems (blurred vision, stomach irritation, high blood pressure) and changes in behavior (irritability, lack of concentration, change in appetite). Note your symptoms and discuss with a doctor, as needed. Try to find relaxation techniques that work for you.
- Be realistic.
The care you give does make a difference, but many behaviors can’t be controlled. Grieve the losses, focus on positive times as they arise, and enjoy good memories.
- Know you’re doing your best.
Remember that the care you provide makes a difference and that you are doing the best you can. You may feel guilty because you can’t do more, but individual care needs change as Alzheimer’s progresses. You can’t promise how care will be delivered, but you can make sure that the person with the disease is well cared for and safe..
- Take a break.
It’s normal to need a break from caregiving duties. No one can do it all by themselves. Look into respite care to allow time to take care of yourself.
- Accept changes as they occur.
People with Alzheimer’s disease change over time and so do their needs. They may require care beyond what you can provide on your own. Becoming aware of community resources and care options— from home care services to residential care — can make the transition easier. So will the support and assistance of those around you.
Lower Valley Care Advocates can provide respite care for a few hours or around the clock; giving caregivers the time to reset and recharge. Call or visit our website for more information:
(860) 767-2695 or www.LowerValleyCareAdvocates.org