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.
+ Share this infographic to help spread awareness for the millions of people who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's. (click on image to enlarge + share)