According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, about a third of caregivers in the United States are at least 65-years old. TMC psychologist, Abbey Gripka, Ph.D. says it’s essential for those caregivers to also care for themselves. Here’s how:
Time away from the person you’re caring for is important. “Often times you can set up those boundaries, letting the person know you’re not ‘being away’ because you don’t love them, but that sometimes you need to step away and that’s actually a really healthy thing,” explains Dr. Gripka.
Have a weekly appointment for yourself. Go shopping, exercise, enjoy nature. Scheduling our time out allows you to have another caretaker in place.
Make sure you’re taking time to eat well, to sleep and to exercise. Making your own wellness a priority is key in having the strength to care for someone else.
AARP: (Also has a link for caregiver resources in Spanish)
National Institute on Aging: Tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s:
National Alliance for Caregiving: