If you are caring for a loved one who is elderly or ill, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Find out how to take care of yourself as well as others.
An estimated 60 percent of older Americans are cared for by family members, and it's easy for caregivers to become exhausted and burned out. If you take care of a loved one, please remember these tips:
- Take a half-hour break every day. Get a massage, treat yourself to a manicure—anything that is special you only time.
- Accept that you may have feelings of anger and resentment. These are normal, but don't keep them bottled up inside.
- Ask for help. You can't do it all alone. Ask a healthcare professional about adult day care programs.
- Stay social. Don't give up the things you like to do—dinner with friends, a walk in the park with a neighbor.
- Join a caregivers' support group. It helps to know others understand how you feel.
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