Importance of a Healthy Caregiver

November 15, 2019

Advice to a caregiver - take care of your own health. Most caregivers don't. "They're less likely to go for regular checkups, fill prescriptions, get mammograms, cook healthy meals for themselves or get enough sleep," says Marion Somers, a geriatric care manager and author of Elder Care Made Easier. The result: higher levels of stress, depression and anxiety. "But just like on an airplane when you're told to put your oxygen mask on first, you need to take care of yourself or you won't be able to care for someone else." Be alert to signs of anxiety or depression (irritability, tearfulness, lack of interest in things you used to love to do, trouble sleeping or concentrating) and consult your doctor if necessary.

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