Stress can damage your health if you do not manage it properly – especially if you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness. Here are some tips from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
• Flexibility helps. A caregiver’s attitude plays a huge role in stress levels – if the caregiver is calm and relaxed, it helps the individual with Alzheimer’s to be as well.
• Deal with what you can control.
• Mind your health.
• Clear and refresh your mind. Exercise, yoga, meditating, listening to music, walking, or even taking a few deep breaths can all help relax the mind and reduce stress.
• Take things one day at a time.
• Stay in touch. There are so many ways to stay socially connected with family and friends – visits, FaceTime, phone calls, text messages, and emails, just to name a few.
• Be open with your feelings. Sometimes just talking about your stress can help relieve it.
The AFA Helpline is available seven days a week to help provide information and support regarding caregiver stress and other caregiving questions. Connect with a licensed social worker by calling 866-232-8484, web chatting at www.alzfdn.org, or sending a text message to 646-586-5283. The web chat and text message features can serve individuals in more than 90 different languages.