Check out these tips to help with caregiving of those with dementia.

Start the New Year with a Deep Breath 
Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia is essential, but you can't forget to take care of yourself along the way. In this issue of the newsletter, we will provide tips on creating the right team to share the care. Here is what is in store:
  • Practical advice for the caregiver
  • Six ways to manage caregiver stress
  • Available respite care
Read on.
ActivCare's Activities for January
ActivCare residents are gearing up for a fun-filled new year. See what's in store for January by clicking on the button below.

Next Caregiver Support Group Meeting is January 16 at 4 pm .
You've Taken on the Role of Caregiving: Now What?

Have you recently taken on more caregiving responsibilities? We have some tips for you to avoid being overwhelmed.

Don't do it alone. Make sure you have a support system in place to assist both you and your loved one. Here are tips for Creating Successful Caregiving Teams.

Involve other family members in helping care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Whether local or far away, everyone in your family can share the care. For best results, hold a family meeting and set plans early. Not sure how? Here is a helpful fact sheet from the Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC):  Holding a Family Meeting.

Upon receiving a diagnosis, seeking legal consult is a very important step to insure the future of your loved one with dementia. Here is information to guide you through  Legal Issues and Consultation.

When caring for others, do not forget to care for yourself. A healthy caregiver is a successful caregiver. SCRC offers this important sheet about Self-Care for Family Caregivers.
Six Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress
Take care of yourself. No, we mean it. Your loved one depends on you and if you are ill or cannot function, they are impacted. So, if not for selfish reasons, take care of you for your loved one.
Here are six tips to help you manage your stress levels.
Learn More - Become an educated caregiver. Take advantage of seminars or caregiver resources to help you better understand the disease and cope with behaviors. A caregiver support group can also help with learning about resources.
Use Available Resources - adult day care programs, respite care, in-home care or meal deliveries can assist with the day-to-day responsibilities of caregiving.
Ask For Assistance - How many times has someone offered help? Take them up on it. Start today by making a list of tasks that someone else can do that can help you. Should a family member offer to help, give them a task on your list.
Take Care of Yourself - Physically and emotionally, make time to ensure that you are in good health and you remain socially connected with friends and family. 
Practice Relaxation Exercises - Simple techniques can help you relax. Learn more about visualization, meditation, breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation.
Get Moving - Take a walk or try a yoga pose. Physical activity can help reduce stress. As part of a regular routine, this time can help you find your center.
The Alzheimer's Association has an entire section of their website dedicated to caregiver resources. Click on the link below to learn more.

Respite Care for Those with Dementia

Are you looking for short-term care for a loved one with dementia? We can help.

ActivCare at Brittany House offers 30-day respite stays for those with Alzheimer's or related dementia. 

Let us take care of your family member while you take a much-needed break.

At ActivCare at Brittany House, residents benefit from socialization and daily activities. Specially trained, compassionate caregivers attend to each resident's individual needs. For best results, the minimum respite period is typically 30 days so that residents can acclimate to the new environment and caregivers.

Learn more about our Respite Care or call 562-364-1918.
Did You Know...

  •  Relaxing lowers your risk of catching a cold.
  • Relaxing boosts your memory.
  • Relaxing lowers your stroke risk.
  • When you are stressed, your breathing changes and restricts the amount of oxygen entering your body.

Here's how to RELAX:
Taking a minute or two to consciously break between tasks, this can greatly increase your ability to focus and concentrate on the next tasks at hand.
Laughter, even deliberately induced laughter, not only provides emotional satisfaction, but also significant physiological benefits and relaxation.
For many people, listening to relaxing music can be enough to lower significant levels of stress.

When you are relaxed, your heart rate is slowed to a slow, resting rate. 
Those who take time to regularly relax report fewer headaches and pain than those who don't make time to relax. 
So Punny:
  • A Cartoon Bear On TV Taught Me To Breathe. He Was A Yogi.
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