All who provide care for others know that it is essential to care for themselves too. The caregivers who provide for people with dementia are more aware of this than anyone. While making sure that your loved one has all the comfort and safety that they need, you will also have troubles avoiding the stress that comes with that. That’s why we have created a list of 10 self-care tips for dementia caregivers.
Dementia caregivers who tend to their spouse, aged between 66 and 96, are at high risk of mental and emotional strain. In addition to this, they also have a 63 percent higher risk of dying than the people their age that are not caregivers.
For an adult caregiver in their mid-thirties and forties (who, in addition to their caregiving duties, also has a family, job, and various other obligations), they’re at risk of depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic illnesses, and a chance of damaging their immune system.
Taking care of someone with dementia can be emotionally painful. Being a dementia caregiver for years can take a toll on every individual. But, thanks to researchers and caregiving experiences, there are ways of coping with this issue and keeping your health intact.
10 Self-Care Tips for Dementia Caregivers
- Leave caregiving for a while. Take a break.
- Find support groups for caregivers and join some of them.
- Work on your behavior and practice communication skills.
- Regardless of how serious the job is, find time for relaxation.
- Visit doctors on a regular basis. Take care of your health.
- Make difficult decisions if they are in the interest of your loved one. Don’t feel guilty.
- Regardless of what your work puts you through, always forgive yourself. You are doing the best job possible.
- Keep yourself entertained and find time to laugh.
- Find time for exercises. A 30-minute workout a day can relieve a lot of stress.
- Ask for help, and accept all help (with good intentions) that comes your way.
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