For Families

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Families who have a loved one who has been diagnosed with late onset Alzheimer’s disease need care too. Taking care of someone who needs frequent if not constant attention is exhausting. Here are a few simple tips to help you:

Get enough sleep

Eat healthy foods regularly – do not skip meals, try not to use food as a way of pushing down your feelings. It’s better to eat 5 small meals than 3 huge meals. Lighten up on fatty foods – get plenty of veggies and fruits.

Drink plenty of non-sugared drinks – like water. You should drink about 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day, more in very warm weather. Sugar will make you nervous and edgy, that’s why it’s wise to avoid too much sugar, and not to mention – it’s just not healthy for you. Drinking enough liquid is important because when you get dehydrated, you develop headaches and lethargy.

Realize that you can not change your loved one. Try not to bang your head against the brick wall of trying to correct or orient a person who has disorientation or malorientation. It just will make you frustrated and leave you and your relative feeling badly.

Take time out to do nice things for yourself. Listen to some music, read a book, take a bath or go out and get a massage. What ever allows you to relax and come back to “center” will help you have more resources, patience and flexibility.