Friday, May 2, 2008

Taking Care Of You

Caring for an Alzheimer's patient is a demanding job but at the same time its temporary. Oftentimes you let go of your former life, work, friends, hobby and even other family members are neglected, but this is a mistake.

After your loved one has died you will find yourself all alone and finding it difficult to break out of some of the habits you have formed because by now you have become withdrawn and aloof and you wonder if you will ever get your old life back.

If you are going to have any semblance of live after your loved one has gone it is going to require balance in all areas.If you isolate yourself, neglect your own needs and other priorities and give all your attention and time to your loved one, things can get out of hand.

Take it from one who has been there, this is not being selfish, don't feel guilty about taking sometime for yourself because if you don't something will give at some point and you cannot afford to go into depression or get sick. A happy caregiver means a happy patient.You need the loving support of family and friends to get you through these times.

So ask for help, don't try to do everything by yourself because after a while you begin to see everything as your responsibility and you are the only one that can do it. When this happens you will become overloaded, and that leads to frustration and resentment.

Take a break

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