Wednesday Workshop – Smart Ways to Beat Caregiver-Related Depression
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Caregivers’ risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of non-caregivers, particularly among those caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, according to the National Institutes on Health. Here are some ways to help combat depression.
- Change your negative thoughts into positive ones
We can change the way we think to feel and act better even if the situation does not change. Restructure your negative thought patterns so you can interpret your environment in a less biased way.
- Get back to living
Take a break from caregiving! No one can do it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Find some respite – from family, friends, adult day care, in-home companions, whatever it takes – and participate in activities that may make you feel better.
- Talk to friends and family members
Don’t go it alone. Friends are there to help you through the bad times. Don’t bottle up your feelings and keep them to yourself. Try to be with other people and to confide in someone; it is usually better than being alone and secretive. Crying on a supportive friend’s shoulder can have an immediate and positive impact on your mood.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.