You won’t be your best caregiver if you don’t care for yourself.
There are currently more than 15 million people in the United States caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease and over 17.5 billion hours worth of unpaid caregiving! But who is caring for caregivers?
It is harder in the time of COVID, but even little helps can be big helps. Helping a friend who cares for a loved one with dementia do the dishes, or the laundry, or keep the house clean, can also add a social element;. Very important.
If you are not a caregiver yourself, you likely know someone who is. Take some time this month, and every month, to offer a helping hand. If you are a caregiver, make sure you are taking care of yourself as well as the person you are caring for. You can help spread awareness by talking to others about Alzheimer’s and being a caregiver.
Caregivers, remember to take care of yourself.
+ When it seems impossible to do so, ask for help!
+ Look for local resources to help you.
+ Join a local support group. When time is tight, use online support groups.
+ Exercise! Physical activity is a wonderful tool for decreasing stress!
+ Carve out a little time for yourself each week. Keep doing things you love to do, whether its reading, gardening or trying a new restaurant, it’s important to
do things you enjoy.
Lend a helping hand to a caregiver.
+ Ask them what you could do to help!
+ Offer to cook them dinner. Or, just double your
dinner recipe and take some over.
+ Ask if you can run their errands.
+ Talk to them about in-home caregivers or Adult Day options. This isn’t the best option for everyone, but for many it is a much needed break. Adult Day is a very affordable option.
+ Offer to sit in for a few hours so they can have some time for themselves.