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Taking Care of the Caregiver

- Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Being a caregiver can take a toll on health and well being.  Caregiver stress is a common condition among those who care for those suffering from physical handicaps, Alzheimer's disease, or other forms of dementia.  If you're feeling overwhelmed caring for a loved one, you may be neglecting your own health.  Follow these tips from the Alzheimer's Association to keep your physical and mental health in good shape:

1)   Good Nutrition: Take time to eat a balanced diet.  Good nutrition maximizes your energy level.  
2)   Get Active:  Perform at least 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week.  This provides both physical and mental reward.
3)   Get a good night's sleep: One of the most important things you can do.
4)   Proactively address stress:  Reflect upon what relaxes you and prioritize those activities.
5)   Get some backup:  You don't have to do everything alone.  Learn what community resources are available in your local community.

The bottom line is this.  To take good care of others, you must first take good care of yourself.