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.
- 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
- 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
- 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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