How can caregivers take care of themselves?

Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Care for your physical health by eating healthy food, exercising as often as you can, and asking for help when you need it.
Join a caregiver support group to connect with others. Look for local services that might be available to you using the search tool at Eldercare.gov.
Make plans with friends and family, keep up with your hobbies, and spend time participating in activities you enjoy.

Get more resources and information for Alzheimer’s caregivers.

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Twitter: #Caregivers: Learn about #caring for someone with #Alzheimers and get tips for taking care of yourself: http://bit.ly/2hyGKN1 #Alz #NFCMonth

Facebook: Keep your own health on your to-do list while taking care of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Eat healthy foods, exercise, and get support if you need it. For more caregiving tips and information, check out the National Institute on Aging at NIH: http://bit.ly/2zA8BmZ

Try these activities with a person with Alzheimer’s

e-UPDATE from the ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE EDUCATION & REFERRAL CENTER

National Institute on Aging sent this bulletin at 10/10/2017 12:45 PM EDT

Household chores: Wash dishes, set the table, prepare food, sweep the floor, dust, sort mail and clip coupons, sort socks and fold laundry.

  • Cooking and baking: Decide what is needed to prepare the dish; measure, mix, and pour; tell someone else how to prepare a recipe; watch others prepare food.
  • Exercise: Take a walk together, watch exercise videos made for older people, use a stationary bike, use stretching bands, throw a soft ball or balloon back and forth, lift weights or household items such as soup cans.
  • Music and dancing: Play music, talk about the music and the singer, ask what the person with Alzheimer’s was doing when the song was popular, sing or dance to well-known songs, attend a concert or musical program.
  • Pets: Feed, groom, walk, sit and hold a pet.
  • Gardening: Take care of indoor or outdoor plants, plant flowers and vegetables, water the plants when needed, talk about how much the plants are growing.
  • Visiting with children: Play a simple board game, read stories or books, visit family members who have small children, walk in the park or around schoolyards, go to school events, talk about fond memories from childhood.

Learn more about adapting activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Twitter: People w/ #Alzheimers may have trouble deciding what to do each day. You can help! Check out a list of activities: http://bit.ly/2y9Sidk

Facebook: People with Alzheimer’s still enjoy participating in a wide variety of activities. Try involving them in simple activities like household chores, cooking, exercise, dancing, or visiting with children. Visit the National Institute on Aging’s website to get more ideas on adapting activities for people with Alzheimer’s:http://bit.ly/2xwAbMR

 

If a family member has Alzheimer’s, will I get it?

A family history of Alzheimer’s disease does not mean for sure that you’ll have it. But, it may mean you are more likely to develop it.

Check out the following infographic from the National Institute on Aging to learn more about how a family history of Alzheimer’s may affect you.

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Help keep your brain healthy as you age!

As we age, our brains go through changes. The good news is that you can do to help maintain your cognitive function. Check out Cognitive Health and Older Adults, a new web-page resource from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, to learn about:

• Taking care of your brain
• Risks to cognitive health
• Memory and thinking
• The aging brain
• Cognitive health research

Please share this resource with others who may want to find credible information about maintaining a healthy brain.