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Health Brief

June 5, 2020

Exploring Alzheimer Disease (AD)

Caregiving for someone with AD requires patience, understanding, and creative problem solving.The demands of caregiving can limit a caregiver’s ability to care for themselves. Caregivers for people with dementias are at high risk for anxiety, depression, and poor quality of life. To continue being a good caregiver, you need to take care of yourself. One way you can do that, is to make sure you have consistent breaks (Respite) from your caregiving responsibilities. Respite can be a key part of maintaining your own health.Here are some suggestions for getting help.

  1. Identify a caregiving task or a block of time that you would like help with.
  2. Be ready with a specific time or task when someone says, “What can I do to help?”. Such as, “It would be really helpful for me if ….”
  3. Be understanding if you are turned down. The person may not be able to help with that specific request, but they may be able to help with another. Don’t be afraid to ask again.
  4. The Alzheimer’s Association has many good resources available for Caregivers. As does your local Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Answers Thursday “Threezers”:

  • Your Anniversary, Mother’s Day, The Alamo– Things you should always Remember
  • Queen, Vixen, Mare- Female Animals
  • A wall, A horse farm, An earring shop- All have Studs
  • Drake, Rooster, Gander-Male Birds

Friday Factoids: On June 5th….Can you answer…

  • In what year did this US Secretary State outline the “Marshall Plan” to rebuild Western Europe?
  • The Six Day War begins between this Country and Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan and Syria? Can you name the year?
  • 1981, This pandemic officially begins in California, USA?
  • 2004, What US President dies from complications due to Alzheimer Disease?

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