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Letter: Caregivers: Take care of yourself first

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The Gloucester community is uniquely special. We know one another, we support one another, and we care for one another. The past two years have been a challenging time for everyone but it has been especially challenging for those of you who care for a senior loved one.

Data from AARP shows that millions of Americans who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are suffering from financial, mental and physical difficulties. These difficulties can snowball if caregivers don’t take the time to care for themselves first.Here are a few tips to help you in your journey:

Set Realistic and Attainable Goals: Decide what you can and can’t do. Move at your loved one’s pace and accept success at 80 percent.Be Flexible: Dementia is a progressive disease and will change over time. Adjust your tactics to see what works.Enjoy the Good Times: Continue to socialize, have your loved one engage in activities, and appreciate the moments of joy.Make...

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