Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Alzheimer's Caregivers Need Care Too - MSN Health - Aging Well

The growing number of people with Alzheimer's disease in the United States means that more people are becoming caregivers, a responsibility that health experts warn can pose risks to body and mind.

But caregivers can take various steps to protect their health, says Rebecca Axline, a clinical social worker at the Nantz National Alzheimer Center in Houston.

To keep stress in check, for instance, she emphasizes the need to find time and ways to reenergize, to keep meaningful things in your life and to remain social and participate in your favorite activities.

Axline also offered communication techniques that can help reduce caregivers' stress and frustration:

  • Always identify yourself and call the person you're caring for by name.
  • Talk slowly and clearly. Use short sentences and break down instructions into steps.

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