Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Giving Yourself a Gift
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. Nearly one in four caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias provide 40 hours a week or more of care. 71% sustain this commitment for more than a year, and 32% do so for five years or more. One of the best gifts you can give yourself is something that relieves the stress or provides a bit of respite.
The Gift of Time and Respite
This is the most obvious gift to give yourself. You need and deserve time off from your caregiving duties. While it’s sometimes difficult for caregivers to ask for a break or some much needed help, there are many ways to go about taking time off. For example, you could schedule yourself a day at the spa. Get an hour massage and enjoy the relaxing environment and the quiet. Maybe you could make an appointment with your hair stylist and then pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure. Or, put a “keep out” sign on your bedroom door and have a movie (or Netflix) marathon. That way you can stay in the comfort of your own bed!
Other examples include taking yoga class to keep your body and mind healthy. Joining a caregiver support group to get away and connect with other people in the same situation as you. The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center offers more than 20 caregiver support groups around Palm Beach County. We also hold an event each month called Paint for Fun. It’s a great way to take time off and do something fun for yourself.
Actual Gifts for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
For those of us who already receive a decent amount of respite from helpful family members or paid caregivers, giving yourself an actual gift can be rewarding. Here are some fun and helpful ideas!
• A diffuser with your favorite essential oils
• New crock pot for easy meals
• Lumosity app for your smartphone to keep your brain healthy
• Sketchbox subscription for your creative talents
• Legacybox to store your treasured memories
• New Keurig for when you need an energy boost
• Adult coloring books for leisure time
• Candles and lotions for relaxation
• Mantraband bracelets for when you need some motivation
• A subscription to your favorite magazine
• Digital video recorder (DVR) for when you miss your favorite TV shows
• Ipsy bag or birchbox subscription to keep you feeling beautiful
• A free memory screening to ease your worry (available through the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center)
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!