How to Take Care of Yourself as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Mar 01, 2017 04:57PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
Oxford Senior Living
Every day baby boomers increasingly take on the responsibility as primary caregivers for their parents. That role of caregiver is an important one. Mom and Dad need your help physically, emotionally and often legally.
And when Mom or Dad is living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, your health may be suffering as well.
You don’t hear a lot of statistics on the caregivers, just the epidemic of Alzheimer’s compounded by the baby boom generation who will live longer but not necessarily healthier. However, many studies in recent years have shown that the health of family caregivers is greatly affected by their role.
A study by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) showed Alzheimer’s or dementia caregivers had increased risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and coronary artery disease in addition to impaired kidney function, lower immune function and slower wound healing.
Is Alzheimer’s disease causing this? No.
Is the stress associated with being a caregiver placing your health at risk? Yes.
That’s why it’s so important for you to know the resources available to help you and your family. After all, you can take better care of your family when you are physically and emotionally strong.
- Visit with our local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Attend an Alzheimer’s support group near you.
- Take care of yourself. Visit your doctor regularly, eat healthy foods and get plenty of rest.
- Utilize friends, family and professional respite care for your loved one, so that you can take time for yourself.
- Visit memory care communities like Oxford Glen Memory Care in Grand Prairie, Carrollton or Sachse to determine if and when your family can benefit from the 24-hour care provided in a professional memory care residence.
According to the NAC, there are 15 million caregivers providing unpaid care for family members in the U.S. That’s nearly 5 percent of the total US population or 1 in every 20 people you meet.
You are not alone.
For more information about 24-hour memory care or support groups near you, call (214) 491-5155 or visit www.OxfordatGrandPrairie.com. Oxford Glen Memory Care at Grand Prairie is located at 2424 N. Grand Peninsula Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75054.
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