How Caregivers can Maintain Your Own Health
Aug 26, 2013
A good place to start is evaluating your own situation and stress levels, and an annual visit to your doctor. Then, follow these tips to help stay healthy and relieve stress.
1. Keep moving! While 30 minutes of physical activity is recommended, going to the gym or getting away for a run isn’t always practical. Fit in what you can—ride a stationary bike, do an exercise video or stretch while your loved one naps—even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes.
2. Eat better. You don’t have to undertake a major diet plan. Try small changes: don’t skip breakfast, drink plenty of water, have healthy snacks of fruits, vegetables and nuts on hand.
3. Gather support. Even if you don’t have friends or family nearby, there are communities and online resources to help you understand dementia, find answers to your questions, share ideas and even talk with experts and other caregivers.
4. Give yourself a break. Take time for yourself by looking into respite care. For short trips like shopping or getting a haircut, and longer ventures like a much-needed holiday, relaxation breaks are critical for your long-term well-being.
By paying close attention to your own fitness and state-of-mind, you can help maintain your health and feel better prepared to deal with the demanding challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. If you would like to find out more about dementia care services from Home Instead Senior Care you can contact your local office.