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10 symptoms of caregiver stress
10 ways to be a healthy caregiver


Taking care of yourself is one of the most important ways to be a healthy caregiver. Ask yourself ... are you so overwhelmed by taking care of your family member that you've neglected your own physical, mental and emotional well-being?

If you find yourself without the time to take care of your own needs, you may be putting yourself and your health at risk.

Do you visit your physician regularly?
Be aware of what your body is telling you. Your exhaustion, stress, sleeplessness and changes in appetite or behavior should be taken seriously. Ignoring these symptoms can cause your physical and mental health to decline.

Do you accept assistance from others?
You can't do everything. Attempting to handle it all yourself will only lead to burnout, depression and resentment toward the person in your care.

Do you talk to others about your feelings?
You may think that no one understands what you are going through. Holding in your feelings, however, will only make you feel isolated and emotionally neglected.

10 symptoms of caregiver stress

  1. Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who's been diagnosed
    I know Mom is going to be better.
  2. Anger at the person with Alzheimer's or others, anger that no cure exists and anger that people don't understand what's going on
    If he asks me that question one more time, I'll scream!
  3. Social withdrawal from friends and activities that once brought pleasure
    I don't care about getting together with the neighbors anymore.
  4. Anxiety about facing another day and what the future holds
    What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?
  5. Depression that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope
    I don't care anymore.
  6. Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks
    I'm too tired for this.
  7. Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns
    What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?
  8. Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and reactions
    Leave me alone!
  9. Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks
    I was so busy, I forgot we had an appointment.
  10. Health problems that begin to take their toll, both mentally and physically
    I can't remember the last time I felt good.

10 ways to be a healthy caregiver

  1. Get a diagnosis as early as possible.
    Symptoms of Alzheimer's may appear gradually. It can be easy to explain away unusual behavior when your family member seems physically healthy. Instead, consult a physician when you see signs of the disease.
  2. Know what resources are available.
    Get in touch with the Alzheimer's care resources in your community. Adult day care, in-home assistance, visiting nurses and Meals on Wheels are just some of the services that can help. Start with your local Alzheimer's Association chapter.
  3. Become an educated caregiver.
    As the disease progresses, new caregiving skills are necessary. The Alzheimer's Association can help you better understand and cope with the behaviors and personality changes that often accompany Alzheimer's.
  4. Get help.
    Doing everything by yourself will leave you exhausted. Seek the support of family, friends and community resources. If you're afraid to ask for help, have someone advocate for you. Alzheimer's Association support group meetings, helplines and our online community are good sources of comfort and reassurance. If stress becomes overwhelming, seek professional help.
  5. Take care of yourself.
    Watch your diet, exercise and get plenty of rest. Make time for shopping, a movie or an uninterrupted visit with a friend by taking advantage of community services like adult day care or in-home services. To learn more about the respite care services in your area, contact your local Alzheimer's Association chapter.
  6. Manage your level of stress.
    Stress can cause physical problems (blurred vision, stomach irritation, high blood pressure) and changes in behavior (irritability, lack of concentration, loss of appetite). Note your symptoms. Use relaxation techniques that work for you, and consult a doctor.
  7. Accept changes as they occur.
    People with Alzheimer's change and so do their needs. They often require care beyond what you can provide on your own. A thorough investigation of care options should make transitions easier; so will the support and assistance of those around you.
  8. Do legal and financial planning.
    Plan ahead. Consult an attorney to discuss legal and financial issues, including durable power of attorney; living wills and trusts; future medical care; housing; and long-term care insurance. If possible and appropriate, involve the person with Alzheimer's and other family members.
  9. Be realistic.
    Know that the care you provide does make a difference. Also know that, until a cure is found, the progression of Alzheimer's disease is inevitable. Many of the behaviors that occur are beyond your control and the control of the person with Alzheimer's. Give yourself permission to grieve your losses, but also focus on the positive moments as they arise and enjoy your good memories.
  10. Give yourself credit, not guilt.
    At times, you may lose patience and find yourself unable to provide all the care the way you'd like. Remember, you're doing the best you can. Don't feel guilty because you can't do more. Your elder needs you, and you are there – that should make you feel proud.

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照護者壓力的 10 個症狀
成為健康照護者的 10 種方式


照顧好自己是成為健康照護者的最重要方式之一。問自己 ... 您是否因照顧家人卻忽視了自己的身體,精神和情感健康,從而將自己拖垮?





照護者壓力的 10 個症狀

  1. 否認該疾病及其對已被診斷出患有該疾病的人的影響
  2. 對阿滋海默症患者或別人發火,生氣無法治癒,生氣人們不瞭解將發生的事情
  3. 退出曾帶來歡樂的社群活動
  4. 對於面對新的一天以及未來會怎樣感到焦慮
  5. 抑鬱開始摧殘您的精神以及影響您應對的能力
  6. 疲憊感使得幾乎無法完成必要的日常任務
  7. 無休止的問題導致失眠
  8. 易怒,這導致喜怒無常並觸發消極反應
  9. 注意力不集中,這使自己難以執行熟悉的任務
  10. 在精神和身體上開始出現健康問題

成為健康照護者的 10 種方式

  1. 盡可能早地進行診斷。
  2. 瞭解可獲得哪些資源。
    聯絡您社群中的阿滋海默症護理資源。成年人日間護理,居家協助,上門服務護士和上門送餐服務僅僅是能夠提供的服務的一部分。從您當地的 Alzheimer's Association 阿滋海默症協會分會。
  3. 成為受過訓練的照護者。
    隨著該疾病的發展,需要獲得新的照護技能。Alzheimer's Association 可協助您更好地瞭解和應對通常伴隨阿滋海默症的行為和個性變化。
  4. 獲得協助。
    什麼事都親自做會使您精疲力盡。尋求家人,朋友和社群資源的支援。如果您害怕請求協助,則讓別人替您請求。Alzheimer's Association 支援小組會議,協助熱線和線上社群將提供令您舒適和放心的出色服務。如果壓力變得無法承受,則尋求專業人員的協助。
  5. 照顧自己。
    注意您的飲食,進行鍛煉,以及獲得充分休息。透過利用成年人日間護理或居家服務等社群服務,抽空去購物,看電影,或者不受打擾地與朋友聊天。如欲瞭解有關您地區暫息護理服務的更多資訊,請聯絡您當地的 Alzheimer's Association 分會
  6. 控制您的壓力水準。
  7. 當出現變化時接受它們。
  8. 進行法律和財務規劃。
  9. 現實。
  10. 相信自己,而不是內疚。
    有時,您可能會失去耐心,並且發現自己無法按照您喜歡的方式提供所有護理。記住,您正在盡力而為。請勿因自己無法做得更多而感到內疚。您的年長者需要您,而您就在他們身邊 – 這應使您感到自豪。


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