Caregiver: Care for Yourself, Too

June 1, 2009

Filed under: Caregiver Issues — Tags: , , — Alexis @ 9:34 AM

Caregiver burnout is a dangerous side-effect of dedicating your time and energies to the care of a loved one. All the physical activity, combined with the worry, isolation, and frustration, make for a dangerous recipe. Families frequently come to me when Mom got sick from the exhaustion of caring for Dad.  Another common scenario is a child becomes worn down and finds herself spending lots of time in doctors’ offices for her own ailments, and the family asks me to make different arrangements for the parents’ care. 

It’s hard work caring for another – physically, emotionally, mentally. If you are a caregiver, you must take time for yourself. Go for walks, take an art class, join a support group where you can let off steam and also get some ideas and encouragement from other souls in the same boat. To take time for ourselves, most of us need it to be compulsory: so sign up for an exercise class or a walking group, or find your own buddies to cycle with a few mornings a week. Whatever the activity, if you’ve scheduled a time and others are expecting you, it’s more likely you will follow through. 

There are many places to look for support and ideas, just spend a few minutes online and you will find them. One good place to start is the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Stress Check. Joining a caregiver support group is an excellent thing to do and can often result in long-lasting friendships. Call your local senior center for a list. 

Most importantly, get outside! It’s the perfect time of year for that. Take good care.

Caregiver Stress Check Quiz

December 9, 2008

Filed under: Alzheimer's,Caregiver Issues — Tags: , , , — Alexis @ 3:01 PM

If you are a caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s or any other debilitating disease, take a look at the National Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Stress Check.  It’s very well done.  Based on the issues you check off (ex., you feel like you are doing everything yourself with no backup, you think that your own health is suffering from the overload, etc.), the quiz takes you to different resources that can help you.  

This quiz only takes a minute and can make a big difference to your own health and outlook, to your relationship with the person you care for, and to the quality of care you provide. 

Memory Walk 2008

October 14, 2008

Filed under: Memory Walk — Tags: , , — Alexis @ 2:13 PM

 

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Elder Law Challenge

A Fundraiser for the Massachusetts Chapter of the
National Alzheimer’s Association

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We did it! Our team walked in the 2008 Memory Walk on September 21 to raise money for the National Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts Chapter. The walk began at the Plimoth Plantation and continued along the beautiful Plymouth coastline. The funds raised support the many efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, including research for treatment and cure and support to patients, caregivers, families, and professionals.

Thank you to everyone who donated!

We will begin fundraising for the 2009 Memory Walk over the summer.