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Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself

September 4th, 2021

A message from the Alzheimer’s Association

This message and countless resources are available for you through the Alzheimer’s Association. Follow the link below.

Are you so overwhelmed by taking care of someone else that you have neglected your own physical, mental, and emotional well-being? Own your health, and commit to following one of these recommendations at a time until you have experienced them all.

  • Find time for yourself. Consider taking advantage of respite care so you can spend time doing something you enjoy. Whether an Adult Day Health Program or an in patient respite program, respite caregivers caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving.
  • Know what community resources are available. Contact your local Aging and Long term Care office, and or/ the Alzheimer’s Associations online Community Resource Finder to find dementia care and other age specific healthcare resources in your area.
  • Become an educated caregiver. Visit the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center and your local Aging and Long term Care office to learn more and access care training resources.
  • Get help and find support.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat Healthy, exercise, and get your rest.
  • Manage your level of stress. Commit to finding relaxation techniques that work for you.
  • Accept changes as they occur. People with Dementia change over time and so do their needs. Become aware of community resources from home care services to residential care.
  • Make legal and financial plans. Having legal, financial and safety plans in place is extremely important for everyone. If you are unsure about how to complete legal documents or make financial plans, you may want to seek assistance from an attorney specializing in elder law.
  • You’re doing your best. Know that the care you provide makes a difference. You can’t promise how care will be delivered, but you can make sure that the person with Alzheimer’s is well cared for and safe.
  • Visit your doctor regularly.


Community Resources

Son Bridge |

Aging and Long Term Care |

Alzheimer’s Association |

Caregiver Alzheimer Dementia Support Group:

Location: Walla Walla General Hospital – 1025 S. 2nd Ave., Walla Walla

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