Twenty Ways To Care for Caregivers

Twenty of the best tips and ideas collected from Caregivers and care managers of the Medicare Alzheimer's Project in Broward and Dade Counties, Florida. 

  • Laugh about something everyday 

  • Take care of yourself physically. 

  • Eat a well-balanced diet. 

  • Talk with someone every day. 

  • Let family and friends help. Give them printed material on memory disorders so they can better understand your relative. Give them a chance. 

  • Give yourself permission to have a good cry. Tears aren't a weakness, they reduce tension.

  • Exercise. A brisk walk counts. 

  • Get adequate rest. 

  • Try a bowl of Cheerios and milk before bed to promote sleep. 

  • Avoid noisy and/or tension-filled movies at night. The late news itself can add to stress. Skip it.

  • Reduce daily caffeine intake. 

  • Get professional help if you feel your support system isn't adequate or if you feel overwhelmed. 

  • Take a break very day, even if it's only 10 minutes alone in the backyard. 

  • Explore community resources and connect yourself with them. 

  • Listen to music. 

  • Learn relaxation techniques. 

  • Regularly attend one or more support groups and education workshops. 

  • Give yourself a treat at least once a month: an ice cream cone....a new shirt or dress....a night out with friends....a flowering plant. 

  • Read your Caregiver's Bill of Rights (and Today's Caregiver magazine) 

  • Know your limitations.


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