If you’re caring for your elderly loved one with memory loss, you will realize that it brings you joy as you can spend quality time with them. However, caregiving work can be physically, emotionally, and mentally draining as the weeks pass. Here are some tips for taking care of your elderly loved one with memory loss.
Prioritize Your Health
Though you must look after your loved ones, it’s also important that caregivers look after themselves as well. As a caregiver, you may be required to move around and help your loved ones with their daily activities. Hence, you must take good care of your overall health to continue assisting and caring for your loved ones.
You can start by eating healthily. Healthy eating habits are good for your general health and may even help to protect your brain. Foods such as lean protein, fruits, and vegetables as well as whole grains should all be included in your diet. You should also set appointments with your doctor for annual checkups.
Do Light Exercises
Exercise aids in the clearing of the mind and the prevention of sickness. It’s preferable to exercise for 30 minutes five days a week, but you can even benefit from exercising 10 minutes a day. If you’re having trouble finding time, you should try to be creative. Before you start your caregiving duties, squeeze in a workout such as lifting weights or using exercise applications while your loved one naps.
There are exercises that you can also do with your loved ones such as dancing together, enjoying a walk or gardening.
Incorporate Stress Relievers
When you stress, it may cause physical problems, lack of concentration, and irritation. All these negative moods may affect how you care for your loved ones. You can meditate or practice breathing exercises. Exercising and maintaining a sense of balance in your life through socializing with friends or engaging in a hobby can also help in relieving stress. If you’re stressed by the number of duties, you can ask your friends and family for help.
Know What to Expect
While taking care of your loved ones, you may notice that their behavior change. It’s important that you prepare yourself to meet your loved one’s evolving requirements. You can start by joining a support group for individuals who are taking care of someone with dementia or memory loss to gain some tips.
Give Yourself a Break
It’s okay to take a break each day. If someone offers to help, accept it. Alternatively, you can opt to have someone to cover for you while you run errands, take a stroll or simply nap. You should also consider respite care when the time comes so that you can focus on self-care. You shouldn’t feel guilty for taking a break as you’ll be prepared to care for and support your loved ones more efficiently if you keep healthy.
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