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Twenty Ways To Care for Caregivers

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 Fearless Caregiver Manifesto (and Today's Caregiver magazine)

  • Know your limitations.

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