Celebrating Alzheimer’s Caregivers During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November 9th, 2017 No Comments

 Alzheimer's Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and it’s an ideal time to celebrate the caregivers who care for those living with this disease—family caregivers as well as professional caregivers. Since President Reagan’s 1983 declaration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, more cities are recognizing the importance of awareness and extending proclamations to recognize Alzheimer’s caregivers, too.

Caring for someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult, draining, challenging, and rewarding. These hard-working caregivers do much to improve the lives of those with Alzeimer’s—so it’s important to show gratitude and appreciation.

Alzheimer’s caregivers benefit from having an understanding of sensory stimulation and how to engage Alzheimer’s patients. Alzheimer’s caregiving also involves enhancing the safety of patients’ living areas by placing safety measures, such as exit alarms and signs on doors to prevent wandering, for example.

Ways to recognize and celebrate the Alzheimer’s caregivers in your life during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Encourage Rest for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Those who have Alzheimer’s often have inconsistent sleep patterns. That means they can be up and active during any time of the night.

These inconsistencies in sleep interrupt the circadian rhythms of not only the person who has Alzheimer’s, but the caregiver as well, since they are the ones getting up with their loved one. Providing proper care to individuals with Alzheimer’s can be demanding–and requires adequate rest. You can show your appreciation for Alzheimer’s caregivers by encouraging rest. It can be as grand as a gesture as buying a spa package or as simple as creating a “sleep care kit.”

Some items you can pack in a sleep care kit:

  • Sleeping mask
  • Calming chamomile or cool mint tea packets
  • Essential oils, including lavender and eucalyptus oil
  • Bath slippers

Any of these relaxation items will help relieve stress and increase one’s sense of well-being.

Recognize and Reward Alzheimer’s Caregivers

There’s nothing like showing appreciation for Alzheimer’s caregivers by simply recognizing them. Sometimes a simple “thank you” goes a long way when it comes to showing appreciation. Say thank you by rewarding caregivers with de-stressing activities that can help them to relax, such as a yoga session or a massage appointment.

Volunteer to Help Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Do you know a family member, neighbor, or friend who is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia? Why not offer to cover them for even an hour or two so they can meet a friend for lunch or simply take a nap in the other room? They need to take time to recharge.

Taking time to volunteer at a memory care facility is another way to show appreciation. You can help host a lunch for the caregivers, help arrange an awards ceremony, or help orchestrate a special performance for the center.

Final Thoughts

Take the time to recognize Alzheimer’s caregivers this November and show your appreciation.

If you need help caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, you don’t have to do it on your own. Contact a professional team with years of memory care experience, such as Visiting Angels.

Visiting Angels serves New Jersey families in Burlington and Mercer Counties.

Visit our Help for Family Caregivers page for additional resources.

 


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