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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