The Reef for Male Caregivers – Tips for New Male Caregivers
Hello and welcome. For many men, hearing that a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can cause many emotions to arise. The right planning and knowing where to get advice can make all the difference in your caregiving experience.
Follow these tips to keep you and your loved one healthy and happy.
1. Learn about the disease your loved one is facing
Make sure you know as much as possible about your loved one’s disease or condition so that you can care for them with confidence.
2. Get organized
When you’re the primary caregiver to a loved one, you going to need to access their legal documents from time-to-time. Ask your loved one to provide you with their birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license, property deeds, car titles, marriage certificates, any military-related documents, all medical records, a list of current medications and their will.
3. Ask for help
Realize that you can’t fix everything and or even do everything by yourself. Ask for help with specific tasks. Hire a professional homecare agency. Check out local senior centers and adult daycare. Consider finding a support group. Although research shows that men are not thrilled about talking with others about their personal problems, it might help. You might pick up some good tips and the support helps.
4. Take care of yourself
Though men notoriously put off doctor visits, you need to take care of own health. After all, if you get sick, who will be there for your loved one? Eat balanced meals and exercise regularly, even though you might think there’s no time. If you start out slowly with just a few minutes a day, you’ll probably be surprised by what you can fit into your schedule.
For more information or to contact us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Please call (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for joining us today and we’ll see you again next month.