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10 Ways to Be a Healthier Caregiver

In my last post I listed ten signs of caregiver stress. Today I’m listing ten ways to address this stress and be a healthier caregiver, taken from the Alzheimer’s Association Website – www.Alz.org.

Please visit this site for a PDF brochure that contains far more detailed information about each of the ten items below. It also has a wallet card with the symptoms of stress so you can do a daily stress checkup. The other side of the card has the Alzheimer’s Association phone number to call for reliable information and support. (1-800-272-3900)

Ten Ways to Be a Healthier Caregiver

1. Understand what’s going on as soon as possible.

2. Know what community resources are available to you.

3. Become an educated caregiver.

4. Get help.

5. Take care of yourself.

6. Manage your level of stress.

7. Accept changes as they occur.

8. Make legal and financial plans.

9. Give yourself credit, not guilt.

10. Visit your doctor regularly.

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2 Responses to “10 Ways to Be a Healthier Caregiver”

  1. Martin from Cleveland OH says:

    Thanks for this list. I have the most trouble with number 6 – Manage your stress. I find this impossible to do. Taking care of my wife is incredibly stressful. I don’t have time to do some of the things that would help – such as doing yoga or medication or going out to a movie. There are no relatives living close enough to us to be able to help out or provide any respite care and I can’t afford to put her in daycare or pay for a home health aide. I think this has just now become my life. All work and no play. Not a happy situation.

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  2. Nancy from Paris, France says:

    These are all good ideas. I wouldn’t have thought of them by myself. Especially the one about making legal and financial plans. It seems so obvious to anyone, but I’ve tought about it never before. I plan to get my siblings all involved too in the process.

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