Valuable New Year’s Resolutions for Caregivers

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Every year, we all make well-intended, but short-lived New Year’s resolutions. It’s not uncommon to hear of people “committing to” regular exercise, quitting smoking, or getting more organized.

Caregivers, however, can get so wrapped up in their demanding role, that they neglect their own well-being.  As much as many resolutions appear “lip-service” the New Year may be a good time for caregivers to take a step back, gain some perspective and determine changes to their routine that can help them stay strong and energized in the New Year.

While most resolutions usually only last through perhaps the first week in January, print out this list and post it on your refrigerator door as a daily reminder that your role as caregiver can only be done by taking care of yourself first.

  • Take time out of every day to care yourself so you can go on caring for your senior.
  • Enjoy and embrace the quality moments with your senior.
  • Try to find a way to laugh or find humor in the day amidst any sadness or discouragement you may feel.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for — or even demand — help.  Reach out to any family and friends to help with your loved one so that the weight of my responsibility can be lifted and shared.
  • Know that you’re not alone, even though at times you feel lonely.
  • Maintain a proper balance between your family, work and caregiving lives.
  • Remember that your loved one’s condition may become worse,  but it’s not your fault.
  • Stay positive – you are making a difference!

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