Updated: Mar 2, 2019
For those of you following this blog series, in part 1, we addressed the dismal trend in the rising numbers of cognitive decline & Alzheimer’s disease and in part 2, we discussed the health risks and the importance of self-care for caregivers. In the last part of this series, we will provide advice how to avoid caregiver burnout and support your own health to help live a full and high quality life.
Below are two excerpts from the third, and final, installment of this blog series:
An important consideration of a caregiver is to know that one’s health is as important as those that you are caring for. To implement change for better health does not have to be done on a grand scale, nor quickly. Small, incremental changes can make a huge difference in your life. The important thing is not to get overwhelmed with doing everything right at first; Just start!
Caregiving can be an endless and thankless job with unique challenges. Taking time to fully educate yourself on the resources that are out there to help cope and understand what to expect can help caregivers take care of their heath, avoid guilt, depression, and caregiver burnout.