|Typical Age-Related Changes|
|Making a bad decision once and a while|
|Missing a monthly payment on occasion|
|Forgetting which day it is and remembering it later|
|Sometimes forgetting which word to use|
|Losing things from time to time|
|Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia|
|Poor judgment and decision-making|
|Inability to manage a budget|
|Losing track of the date or season|
|Difficulty having a conversation|
|Misplacing things and unable to retrace steps to find them|
Being a caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer’s is emotionally and physically consuming. Be sure to take time to take care of yourself. Focus on eating healthy, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep.
Leaning on friends and community resources to assist is important. Accept assistance when it is offered. Having a meal prepared or having a neighbor watch your loved one while you run some errands will give you some time to take a break from caregiving and allow you to re-charge.
Making time to stay on top of your routine medical appointments is critical. 35% of caregivers reported a decline in their health related to the responsibilities and stress associated with being a caregiver. To help you stay organized with your routine preventive appointments, sign up for automated text reminders and utilize your support network to make arrangements in advance to help you stay on track with your health.