There are currently more than 15 million people in the United States caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease and over 17.5 billion hours worth of unpaid caregiving! .

If you are not a caregiver yourself, you likely know someone who is. Take some time this month, and every month, to offer a helping hand. If you are a caregiver, make sure you are taking care of yourself as well as the person you are caring for. You can help spread awareness by talking to others about Alzheimer's and being a caregiver.

Caregivers, remember to take care of yourself.

+ When it seems impossible to do so, ask for help!
+ Look for local resources to help you.
+ Join a local support group. When time is tight, use online support groups.
+ Exercise! Physical activity is a wonderful tool for decreasing stress!
+ Carve out a little time for yourself each week. Keep doing things you love to do, whether its reading, gardening or trying a new restaurant, it's important to
do things you enjoy.

Lend a helping hand to a caregiver.

+ Ask them what you could do to help!
+ Offer to cook them dinner. Or, just double your
dinner recipe and take some over.
+ Ask if you can run their errands.
+ Talk to them about in-home caregivers or Adult Day options. This isn't the best option for everyone, but for many it is a much needed break. Adult Day is a very affordable option.
+ Offer to sit in for a few hours so they can have some time for themselves.

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