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Alzheimer's Disease Support (cont.)

Taking care of yourself

Almost half of people who care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease experience clinical depression. Approximately 80% of caregivers experience high levels of stress. While you take care of someone with Alzheimer's disease, be sure to also take care of yourself.

Maintain a healthy diet.

  • Exercise.

  • Get enough sleep.

  • Continue attending social activities.

  • Talk with friends and family members about how you feel.

  • Talk to a counselor or join a support group.

  • Be realistic about what you can do. Don't feel guilty if you can't help in certain ways.

  • Ask others for help. Consider their abilities and interests when asking or prepare a list of things you would like help with and let them choose what they would like to do.

  • Establish a support system to help give you peace of mind.

    • Friends and family members can provide companionship. Ask them to visit once a week or so, depending on how far away they live.

    • Neighbors can check on your loved one. Ask if they will watch out for anything unusual such as the smell of smoke or the sound of an alarm coming from the home.

    • Community organizations often provide companion services.

  • Check out what assistance your community may have available (for example, meal deliveries, respite care, legal aid).

  • Use relaxation techniques to reduce stress.
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