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The North Providence Breeze 11-06-2019

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THE VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS GUIDE 7 ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS | CAREGIVERS It's especially hard for peo- ple in a caregiving role. This is especially true for caregivers of a person in the late stages of Alzheimer's, when they need near-constant care and atten- tion. Caregivers need to ensure they receive the help and sup- port they need as well. According to the alliance, about 15 million Americans act as unpaid caregivers to a person with Alzheimer's or dementia. The biggest thing to keep in mind is paying atten- tion to self-care: ensuring their needs are met, including time for healthy eating, exercise and getting enough sleep; get- ting emotional support, including professional coun- seling; and opportunities to take a break from caregiving. Education and training also helps. Learning what problems to look for and what different symptoms or actions could indicate and how to respond to them, knowing when to call a doctor, learning how to man- age difficult behaviors and communicate with their loved one help to keep the person with Alzheimer's safe and as healthy and happy as possible. Having education and training also helps the caregiver to feel more empowered, experience less stress and have better health themselves. Caregivers can also seek out support groups, either in per- son or online. In addition to serving as an additional resource for information, these groups are a good place to vent, ask questions and find people who are in similar situ- ations. They can help you through the difficult emotions you may experience as you watch your loved one change as the disease worsens. The Alzheimer's Association also recommended an import- ant thing to keep in mind for caregivers — don't take things personally whenever possible. Alzheimer's can cause para- noia and personality changes, as well as increased emotions in the person who is sick that makes them more likely to lash out in frustration or anger as they find themselves less able to do tasks they used to be able to do. Remember, it is often the disease talking, not the person. Having a Loved one with Alzheimer's The Family Caregiver Alliance called Alzheimer's a family disease. The stress of watching a loved one progress further into the disease never sleeps and it affects everyone around the ill person. © ADOBE STOCK Content Produced by Green Shoot Media. © 2019 ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS | CAREGIVERS Serving the community for more than 13 years 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI (401) 305-3585 Tues. - Thurs. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Let Us Help You Make Healthy Choices Yoga & Tai Chi Classes Health, Energy & Spiritual Classes Check out our Bulk Herbs, Teas and Spices Hemp/CDB Oil, Local Honey & Maple Syrup Whole food vitamins, herbal and homeopathic remedies, allergy & pain relief products and more Massage Therapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Homeopathic Consultations See our website for a list of classes and events (401)944-2450 FOR A PERSONAL TOUR Our uplifting environment and special approach to Alzheimer's and dementia care have created a quality of life you simply can't get anyplace else.

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