November Is National Caregiver Month & The Importance Of Self-Care Is Something That Is Often The First Thing To Go

Although Alzheimer’s is more commonly found in individuals over the age of 65, it is not unheard of for someone to be diagnosed as early as their 40’s. Due to it being uncommon at that age it can often be overlooked as a diagnosis. However, early detection is imperative because of the impact that the disease has on someone’s cognition. When a loved one is facing this disease and the challenges it creates, we often tend to make them our primary focus and often times even forget to care for our own well being. If you don’t also take care of yourself and spend a little time for yourself, you may find yourself overwhelmed and this can cause major disruptions in your own well being. Also, this can make things more difficult for your loved one, and you’re ability to cope with the changes in their behavior. Alzheimer’s varies in it’s severity of symptoms over time, meaning that you will have some good days and some bad. There is no limit to the effects of the disease on the patient’s abilities and personality making it important for you to expect them to have difficulties, and some outbursts at times, in which they are not truly in control over. Your loved one needs you to be understanding and at the same time to establish your role as their caretaker.

Key Takeaways:

  • As caregivers to loved ones with Alzheimers, it’s important to reflect on how critical self-care is to your overall health and well-being.
  • When caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, try not to give up your own personal forms of stress release, such as yoga, hobbies, or social outings.
  • Pay attention to your own health by sticking to a nutritious diet, going for routine check-ups, and taking a multivitamin.

“By nurturing yourself you are, in fact, doing the patient a favor because you will be able to provide better care if you are happy and healthy yourself.”

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