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The Caregiver’s Self-Care Guide

Living with Dementia

Living with dementia is demanding, putting strain on caregivers that has lasting impact. Although dementia has different diagnoses—whether it’s Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s Disease, Lewey Body Dementia or other forms of memory loss—the strain on the caregiver is a proven fact. That’s why our professionals at Thoughtful Care have put together a self-care guide for those caring for loved ones with dementia.

In the “Caregiver’s Self-Care Checklist” video, you’ll find helpful tips and ideas from Tim Tholen, CEO and Founder of Thoughtful Health Care and its affiliates in Kansas City.

Did you know:

Caregivers who provide care for persons with dementia risk comprising their immune systems for up to 3 years after their caregiving experience ends, thus increasing their chances of developing a chronic illness themselves. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2009)]

About 40% of family caregivers of people with dementia suffer from depression compared to 5-17% of non-caregivers of similar ages. Rates of depression increase with the severity of cognitive impairment of the person with dementia. [Alzheimer’s Association. (2015)]

Here are our top 3 self-care action items for caregivers:

  1. Engage in rigorous self-care. Making yourself a priority is very important to your own wellbeing. After all, health is the greatest wealth.
  2. Use your support network. If you don’t have one, build one. People usually want to help—don’t be afraid to ask.
  3. Recognize that you do not have to do everything. Call our professionals at Thoughtful Healthcare for help. We are available 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Caregivers can be spouses, children, neighbors or friends. They can live in Prairie Village, in Kansas City, in Leawood or in other Kansas City suburbs. They may be in their golden years or they may be parents of small children. But one thing caregivers have in common is that they feel true effects of caring for someone with dementia. So take a deep breath, know that you are not alone, and take care of yourself!

Watch the “Caregiver’s Self-Care Checklist” video below:

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For more information about Thoughtful Care visit the Thoughtful Care website.

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