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Self-Care and Alzheimer's

Posted on March 22, 2018

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be challenging physically and emotionally, however, taking care of yourself is essential when you are a caregiver. It's important for caregivers to eat right and rest when needed along with staying active and being ok with taking time off without feelings of guilt. Starting a dialogue with others is best done with the support of others who understand what you are going through.

On myALZteam, the social network and online support group for family and friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Self-care is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.

Here are a few question-and-answer threads about self-care:

Is the caregiver's health at risk?

How do you help your spouse understand your caregiver stress and demands?

Feeling resentful of having to sacrifice my self-care, so desperately needed to recharge after hospitalization burnout, to support moms respite. Any suggestions?

Here are some conversations about self-care:

Do you get lonely? My husband doesn't seem to care the way he used to.

We did the hardest thing I have ever done this past Monday, my dad and I moved my mom into a Memory Care Unit.

A member shares a funny pin, "Caregivers day off".

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myALZteam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

Posted on March 22, 2018
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