Balancing Act For Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease requires lot of patience with alertness, skill and proper planning. Behavioural changes can sometimes be disturbing or upsetting in person with Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease progresses, caregiver’s responsibilities increases and becomes more challenging. It becomes essential that caregiver should not ignore own health. As a caregiver you […]

Caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease requires lot of patience with alertness, skill and proper planning. Behavioural changes can sometimes be disturbing or upsetting in person with Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease progresses, caregiver’s responsibilities increases and becomes more challenging. It becomes essential that caregiver should not ignore own health. As a caregiver you need a proper physical and emotional support so that you can provide best level of care to your loved ones.

Deal With Stress

With daily load of caregiving to the person with Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the cases where there is progression of disease caregivers do undergo lot of stress. It is important that to combat this stress, you need to do yoga, meditation and exercises so that it helps you to relax as well as enhance your mood and energy levels.

Personal Care

It is a natural tendency that caregivers keep away themselves from socializing and other activities when they are over involved in caregiving to their loved ones. It is important that you should visit your doctor for regular checkups and keep an eye on the signs and symptoms of stress. Take some time away from caregiving to maintain social contacts and pursue hobbies and interests that makes you happy and relaxed.

Reach Out For Help

It is essential that you ask your family members or friends to assist them with daily tasks such as buying vegetables or medicines, cleaning utensils, etc. This can help you to spend more quality time with your loved one and help you provide better care with some ease.

Update Caregiving Skills

As a caregiver you need to keep yourself updated with resources available which can help you in understanding the symptoms and treatments associated with the disease in a better way. Challenges keep on changing as the disease progresses; hence it becomes important for you as a caregiver to update your skills. Reach out to organizations who can give advice, training and support to you so that you can prioritize your efforts and give best care to your loved ones.

Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of www.treatum.com, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.

5 comments

  1. Swati

    Nice Article Ravi. Health comes first. In order to take care of your loved ones who are going through tough times like Alzheimer’s it is best to see that as a caregiver you are self trained and have patience to deal with all kinds of challenges.

  2. Sid

    Nice and very helpful article..!!

  3. Priyanka

    True article and well put. One of my family members was suffering from Alzheimer’s from almost 13 years and these 13 yrs were progressively so difficult for the closest family, so much so that they almost stopped socializing for the last year or so. It was really sad.

  4. Vrushali

    Good Article….

  5. List of organisations would help Ravi. Good piece

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