Care for the caregiver a crucial issue

Who takes care of the caregiver? It is a very important issue for Williams Lake families contending with dementia.

Who takes care of the caregiver?

It is a very important issue for Williams Lake families contending with dementia, since caregiving can be very physically and emotionally stressful.

“One of the most important things you can do to support someone with dementia is to take care of yourself,” says Tara Hildebrand, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s regional support and education coordinator.

“By acknowledging and addressing your own needs, you will be better prepared to provide effective care and support.”

Some self-care tips include:

1. Set realistic expectations for yourself. Take one day at a time.

2. Get help. Don’t try to do everything by yourself.

3. Look after yourself.

Talk to someone who is willing to listen. Continue to participate in activities you enjoy.

Learn relaxation techniques. Get some exercise, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block.

4. Make regular appointments with your doctor.

Let them know if you are concerned about your stress level.

5. Participate in the society’s free local support and information group.

For more information contact Hildebrand at 250-377-8200, toll-free 1-800-886-6946 or tHildebrand@alzheimerbc.org.

The support group serves as a place to exchange information, support and friendship with others whose lives are affected by dementia.

A forum for sharing practical tips and strategies for coping with the disease, it also provides an opportunity to decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness, and to find a positive outlook on things without being misunderstood.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, visit the society website at www.alzheimerbc.org.

 

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