After a recent study involving 500 dementia patients and their caregivers, the following strategies have been found to make caregiving easier:
- Beware of depression - Depression is a big problem for caregivers, and this can cause physical problems. Recognize that you are dealing with a hard situation and you are giving a great service to your loved one. Be sure to notice any sign of depression in yourself, such as irritability, frustration, anger and withdrawal. Seek out friends and family to talk about it, and seek professional help if needed.
- Ask for help - Do not withdraw from your friends and family as you provide care for your loved one. Having a strong network of support will make caregiving much easier. If you feel as if depression is weighing on you, get help from a therapist or social worker.
- Look out for falls - People with dementia fall often due to the fact that their brain functions are declining. Caregivers need to always be on alert for this.
- Deal with stress - Figure out ways to reduce your caregiving stress - try meditation, yoga, and regular exercise.
A product such as the SuperPole System can help your loved one to prevent falls around the bed:
- Never neglect your health- Keep up your exercise schedule and make sure you eat right. Also get to your doctor when you need to.
The best advice when being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's: Take care of yourself first, so that you can provide the best care possible for your loved one.