Alzheimer’s Q&A: What kind of decisions can I realistically make as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? | Health / Fitness

Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s means putting their needs above yours all the time, but you can resolve to take care of yourself, your body, your mind, and your spirit.

Set aside some “me” time every day: time to rest, rejuvenate, and remove yourself from stressful situations.

Quiet meditation, journaling, prayer, and listening to music are just some of the ways you can focus yourself and revitalize your spirit. Also try to get some exercise every day and make healthy food choices.

And don’t forget to rely on a friend or friends for advice and comfort, as well as enjoying times together socially.

Consider these two things as follows: Ask for help. Accept help.

Your friends and loved ones want to help you with your daily caregiving duties, so accept their offers of help without feeling guilty or hesitant. Learn to ask for help when you need it.

He laughs! Through all the daunting tasks and responsibilities of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it is critical that you as a caregiver maintain a sense of humor. Laughter can help you cope with stress by relieving stress, promoting mental health, strengthening the immune system, and strengthening family relationships. Helps relieve stress and lighten mood to allow you to enjoy the moment at hand.

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Continue to educate yourself about the disease, using your caregiver’s tips and strategies, recommendations, and resources to assist you in your caregiving journey.

In addition, the more you know about your loved one, such as his life history, likes and dislikes, the better you will be able to manage communication and any behavioral difficulties.

Try to celebrate the life of the affected person. Watch them behind the disease rather than what the disease does to him or her. Check the health of this individual daily and be present in your moments together.

Millions of people make New Year’s resolutions on January 1, the most popular being to lose weight, get out of debt, spend more time with loved ones, quit smoking, etc.

Don’t put undue stress and pressure on yourself as a caregiver with decisions that have high expectations. Appreciate the gift of caregiving and pat you on the back every day for the tremendous work you do.

Resolve to do the most important thing in the new year: take care of yourself and your loved ones as best you can.

Questions about Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders may be sent to Dana Territo, Memory Whisperer, owner of Dana Territo Consulting, LLC, at

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