In the face of the reality of your new role, emotional distress is appropriate and understandable. It becomes essential that you find ways to care for yourself so that you will not exhaust your own emotional and physical resources.
Why? Because if you are a caregiving spouse between the ages of 66 and 96 and are experiencing mental or emotional strain, you have a risk of dying that is 63% higher than that of people your age who are not caregivers.
The combination of loss, prolonged stress, the physical demands of caregiving, and the biological vulnerabilities that come with age, place you at risk of significant heelpath problems as well as an earlier death. So take care of yourself!
Self-Care top 10 techniques
- Get Proper Rest – Sleep or nap when you can so you can be alert and well rested.
- Nutrition – Now is not the time to eat poorly keep good eating habits to fuel your body.
- Exercise Regularly – Even a short 10 minutes will make a huge difference for both body and mind.
- Attend to your own healthcare needs – Don’t neglect your own doctor’s appointments, you won’t be helpful if you aren’t feeling well.
- Participate in activities you enjoy – Read a new book, take a bath, even if you can’t leave the house for long take the time to do a nice activity.
- Seek and ACCEPT the support of others. – It can be hard to accept help when times are tough but even just letting someone take over for 30 min. will make a huge difference.
- See counseling when you need it – Don’t just bottle up your feelings, they are natural. You have a right to express how you are feeling and a professional can help you work through them.
- Change the negative ways you view situations – Always try to keep positive and if you can’t that’s when you need to get help. Whether with friends, pastor, or counselor.
- Learn stress-reduction techniques – Learn how to meditate, or yoga there are many classes online you can learn.
- Take time off without feeling guilty – Ask for help and leave the house, or your person you are caregiving to go do something for you, or run errands. By asking for help and knowing it is there you don’t need to feel guilty. They can handle it.
“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
– Eleanor Brown
Adult Day Programs
Eagles Club Respite Center
Activities and socialization for men who are isolated or in the early stages of a memory loss illness. Tuesday/Thursday only The Friday Program includes both men and women who need a social outlet
Elderhaus Adult Day Care
Adult day care six days a week. Homelike environment.
Volunteers of America – Caring Companion Program
The Caring Companion Program is a non-medical free service provided by Volunteers of America offering relief for family caregivers, and friendship for care recipients. All volunteers complete a rigorous training and orientation process.