Welcome to the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center. Male caregivers are a vital emerging group in our mission of providing dementia specific services and education. And we’ve been concerned that not enough male caregivers are taking advantage of what our organization has to offer. So beginning this month, we are re-launching our special suite of programs and services, called “The Reef” which focus specifically on meeting the unique needs of our Male Caregivers. Each month we’ll present a short video, designed to help you navigate on your caregiving journey.
Today, I’d like to share with you our top 5 tips that can help make your caregiving role just a bit easier.
#1 Learn as much as you can about your loved ones diagnosis. We’re strong believers that the more you know, the more effective and confident you’ll become. You can empower yourself by visiting our Learning Lighthouse Library, located in Lake Worth, for free access to books, videos, and a host of other resources.
#2 Create a plan. Even if you’ve never been a planner by nature, caring for someone with memory loss means that you’ll be thinking for “two”. Having a plan could be as simple as making a list each night before you to bed on the things you must accomplish the next day. Clearing your mind before closing your eyes will help you get the sleep you need.
#3 Let your friends help but remember, just as you had to learn how to best care for your loved one, they need your help and guidance too. Let them know what symptoms your loved one experiences and tell them how they can best interact with him or her during their visits.
#4 Remember to eat right and get some exercise. We won’t preach about why you need to stay healthy, but a gentle reminder that even a healthy breakfast; and short brisk walk; will help you start your day off right.
And #5 Reach out to the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center and take the time to learn about how we can support you throughout your caregiving journey. You’re not alone, and we’re here 24 hours a day to help, guide and support you.