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Taking Care of One’s Self

The ability to provide continuous care and support for an elderly loved one depends on the sustained health and well-being of the caregiver. All too often caregivers exert so much time and energy to care for their loved one that they neglect to maintain the activities that promote their personal health and emotional well-being.
 
The physical and emotional stress that results from providing care places the caregiver at increased risk of developing significant health problems, threatening their ability to continue to care for their loved one. Caregivers should take good care of themselves.
 
This includes:
 
  • Getting adequate amounts of sleep on a regular basis
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Getting regular exercise (also helps with stress reduction)
  • Having regular medical examinations (be sure to discuss with your doctor the effects of caregiving on you - both physically and emotionally)  
  • Taking advantage of social and emotional support
  • Scheduling time for respite, reflection, and relaxation
Family and friends may offer help to allow you time to focus on your personal health. We can help you locate and access community services available to assist with care for you and your loved one. 

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