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Staying Healthy as an Alzheimer's Caregiver: Managing Family Care for Alzheimer's Patients (6 of 6)

Taking care of yourself when you are a caregiver is very important. The demands of caring for a family member with Alzheimer disease or dementias can force you to focus all of your energy on his or her care. In fact research shows that many people start neglecting their own care when they are caring for others. A loss of self care can result in both physical and emotional stress.

But by practicing a combination of good self-care, staying connected with others, and employing relaxation techniques, you go the distance as a care giver with less stress and more enjoyment.

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  1. June 22, 2012 at 10:19 am | Posted by renn wise

    My mom had Alzheimer's didnt no me and wqs confused. I would wirh pp with it now in homehealth love it

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  2. June 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Posted by A. Stoughton

    I am writing on behalf of Unlimited Publishing and Kerry Luksic, author of, “Life Lessons from a Baker's Dozen: 1 Mother, 13 Children, and their Journey to Peace with Alzheimer's,” which has recently become the #7 Kindle book on Alzheimer’s. The paperback was ranked #12. It is also available in hardback, and as a special edition to benefit the Delaware Valley Alzheimer’s Association. The book chronicles the difficult path she takes while coping with her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and comes with a rich index of resources for individuals facing similar situations. Luksic, one of thirteen children, is now not only a daughter, a mother and a writer, but also an Alzheimer’s advocate. The book addresses issues faced by the families of Alzheimer’s patients, the “Sandwich Generation,” and caregivers in general. It is heartwarming, accessible, and highly relevant to families of all sizes and shapes who deal with the everyday trials of watching a loved one age. More about the book can be found at http://www.unlimitedpublishing.com/luksic/ .

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  3. May 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Posted by Catherine Johnson

    I am very interested in working as a caregiver. Please contact me as soon as possible! Thank you.

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    • June 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Posted by paradise

      I have seen other elderly pleope go through this. It is heartbreaking. If you can get by with a short drive, you're lucky. You could try magnesium supplements. It is needed by the body to calm the nerves and relax muscles. I think that pleope seem to lose their memory backwards, from now first and then year by year backwards to birth.Your Grandmother thinks her home is one she was in sometime earlier in her life.I wish I had a good way to help you. She is so lucky to have you! I hope you have someone to take over on weekends. It is a hard thing to be with someone who isn't quite in our reality anymore all the time, for months on end. Make sure someone else stays sometimes. Take care of yourself too. You're young and Grandmother has lived a long life.

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