These dementia caregiver shelter in place tips will help you take care of yourself.
- Detach – try not to take what your loved one says and does personally
- Remember your loved one doesn’t have control over what they say and do – the disease is responsible for what your loved one says and does
- Make a conscious effort to take a 10-minute break daily and do one nice thing for yourself
- Establish a support network – arrange phone calls, video chats, email exchanges with a friend, counselor, spiritual leader, other family caregivers so you maintain social contact and support
- Pay attention to your feelings and emotions – what do you need to do differently to feel better?
- Be flexible – change your expectations so they’re more realistic given the circumstances
- Work in the garden
- Exercise – go for walks, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, exercise videos, on-line streaming classes
- Keep a journal – write down your thoughts and feelings
- Focus on what you have control over and less on the things you have no control
- Choose your battles – conserve your energy – avoid arguing, confronting, explaining, trying to prove a point
- Call the Alzheimer’s Association 800 hotline number
- Subscribe to the free Daily Caring email newsletter (dailycaring.com)
- Create your own dementia caregiver shelter in place tips that help ensure your own well-being
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