Caregiver in Huntley IL
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and as a caregiver for a family member, you are among 44.4 million others, according to the AARP. According to some other estimates, that number can be as high as 55 million or even 68 million family members taking care of the elderly and disabled loved ones at home.
The average age for a family caregiver in the United States is approximately 54 years. If that sounds like you, you need to understand there are certain risk factors that increase as you get older. One of those is developing Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
If you’ve been rushing around trying to take care of your elderly mother or father or some other loved one, take care of all the responsibilities you have going on in your life, trying to squeeze in enough time to spend with your other loved ones and friends, you could feel overwhelmed. The stress and anxiety you experience on a regional basis can certainly increase with this type of responsibility you’ve taken on.
Memory loss seeps in.
When you start realizing you’re forgetting more and more things throughout the day and week, it can be frustrating. You may not be thinking much about dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, but perhaps that thought is in the back of your mind. Maybe there has been a family member who was diagnosed with this disease and you always knew that increased the risk for you developing it as well.
That memory loss or the memory related problems you’re having could increase the stress and anxiety you feel as a caregiver because you begin to wonder whether or not it’s related to dementia. In reality, it certainly could be, but it could also be related to the overwhelming stress you feel on a regular basis. Being overwhelmed by stress will often increase memory related problems. It will become difficult to keep track of appointments, what people said to you, things you’re supposed to do, and much more.
There are things you can do that can help improve mental function and reduce memory related problems. Getting exercise on a regular basis is one of them. When the body gets exercise, it helps to improve circulation throughout the body. Moving more oxygen throughout the body more effectively will help to provide the brain more oxygen as well.
You can also do mental exercises, such as a crossword puzzle, playing strategic thinking games, and even reading. If you don’t have time for this, sit down and talk to your elderly loved one about hiring a professional home care provider to help out. That could give your loved one the support she needs and give you the time you need to focus on doing what’s best for your mental health and well-being.
If you or an aging loved one are interested in caregiver services near Huntley, IL, call the caring staff at Harmony Home Care Inc. at 847-382-6200. Providing Care in Barrington, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Huntley, Hoffman Estates, & Vernon Hills.
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