Ten ways to be a healthy caregiver
Remember we are humans
1. Get a diagnosis as early as possible...and don't delay; some systoms are treatable.
2. Know what resources are available...Adult day care, in home assistance,visiting nurses and Meals-on Wheels are a few
3. Become an eduacated caregiver...understand and cope with the behaviors and personality changes that occure.
4. Get Help...seek the support of family, friends,and community resources, and Alzheimer's Association support group meetings are available.
5. Take care of yourself...Watch your diet,exercise and get plenty of rest. Make time for shopping and some fun.
6. Manage your level of stress...Stress can cause problems (blurred vision, stomach irritation, high blood pressure) as well as changes in behavior (irritability, lack of concentration, loss of appetite)
7. Accept changes as they occur...Often care beyond your capabilities is necessary...It's ok Just check it all out thoroughly.
8. Do legal and financial planning...Plan ahead while they are still able to understand.. Consult an attorney,get durable power of attorney; wills and trusts;future medical care;housing; and long-term-care insurance.(believe me if we didn't have this it would be really bad). Mom and dad planned well for the future.
9. Be realistic...Know your care and concern does matter and that the progression of this disease is inevitable, give yourself permission to grieve your losses and focus on the positive moments that come up and enjoy your good memories.
10. Give yourself credit, not guilt...Your loved one needs you, and that should make you feel proud. You are doing the best you can, even though you may lose patience and find you are unable to provide all of the care the way you'd like. It's ok.
Again here is their number 1-800-272-3900 or www.alz.org if you need more complete information...G-Ma :o) hugs