Maintain health as a caregiver

Alan Wu

September 26, 2011

Maintain health as a caregiverCaregivers have the tough job of watching over their own families, working and providing support to mom or dad daily.

According to Grace magazine, caregivers can often times forgo their favorite activities or stop exercising because they feel they simply don't have enough time to do it all. However, the news outlet suggests that caregivers must take care of themselves in order to do a good job supporting the ones they love.

Exercising is one aspect of daily life that caregivers should stick with to help maintain overall health. Whether it's for 20 minutes a day or an hour, working out can not only keep a person healthy, it can also improve mood, the publication reports.

Staying in the loop with friends or other social connections is also important. Studies show that isolated individuals put themselves at greater risks for developing serious health problems like high blood pressure, the news outlet reports. Even if it's just going to the movies once a week, it adds up in the long run.

Caregivers that are too stressed about their loved one may want to install a medical alert system in their parent's home. The necklace allows a senior to call for help immediately should they fall.