Don’t forget to take care of the caregiver

Alan Wu

October 29, 2010

Millions of Americans across the country are caring for an older adult or spouse who requires assistance on a daily basis and this can often become a full-time job. However, Dr Michael Rozin recently wrote on that caregivers often overlook their own health for the sake of another.

One of the most stressed groups is comprised of those who care for adults with Alzheimer’s, and Rozin states that more than a third of all caregivers push themselves to do their duty, even if they are suffering from unhealthy conditions themselves.

Some common symptoms that affect caregivers who are pushed to the limit include memory problems, mood swings, anxiety or feeling isolated. This kind of stress can increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke and cancer.

Sleep and exercise are some of the key habits to reducing stress and reinvigorating the mind, but Rozin writes that a proper diet can also have a positive affect on health. Avoiding saturated or trans fat, as well as added sugars or syrup found in processed food, can have substantial benefits.

Caregivers who feel overwhelmed may also want to invest in a senior alert system. This medical alarm allows seniors to immediately contact you if they are in need of assistance, so it can reduce stress and also allow caregivers to run errands or have some luxury time.

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