It can be difficult to be a caregiver for a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s. The countless hours and overload of work on a person can cause high levels of a stress along with taking a toll on their physical, emotional and mental health.
Responsibilities of Caregivers
Caregivers face a number of responsibilities that include care planning, chauffeuring, playing financial manager, cooking, housekeeping and being a nurse. Since Alzheimer’s progresses, it can be hard on caregivers to deal with new changes and challenges. These responsibilities of caregivers can cause anxiety, depression, exhaustion, mental issues and emotional issues. In fact, the Alzheimer’s Association reports that 35 percent of caregivers have seen a decline in health since starting being a caregiver. It also puts caregivers at a greater risk of getting Alzheimer’s along with a greater risk of developing high blood sugar, stress and sleep disorders.
Things That Can Help
If you are a caregiver, make sure to take care of yourself too! It can be hard, but you always need to make time to do things to help relieve the stress that comes along with caregiving. Regular exercise and yoga along with meditation and a good diet is a good start. Also, take time off to treat yourself. There are also a number of support groups and tools to help you cope with being a caregiver.
Since being a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s can put you at greater risk for developing it, it is important to start training your brain to help mitigate the onset of dementia. We can help at SMART Brain Aging with our Brain U Online program!
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