Today is a day to honor and support the courage of the women in your life and acknowledge the cultural, social, economic, and political achievements of women. In an effort to forge positive visibility for women, we have accumulated some important statistics on women and Alzheimer’s. According to The Alzheimer’s Association, approximately two-thirds of caregivers were women, and over one-third of caregivers were daughters in the U.S. On average, female caregivers spent more hours than men caregiving, ultimately leading to increased stress for female caregivers.

At the Broyles Foundation, we strive to make every day the best day it can be for those caring for a loved one with dementia including Alzheimer’s. For caregivers, self care and stress management is crucial to caregiving. This is because by taking care of yourself first, you will be able to better care for your loved one. To further our mission at The Broyles Foundation, we have gathered 4 tips for stress management for caregivers.

1.) See your doctor regularly. Make an effort to eat well, exercise, and get plenty of rest.
2.) Know what resources are available to you. Contact one of our experienced staff members for more information on our upcoming support groups, coaching sessions, and referral services.
3.) Become an educated caregiver. Educating yourself on the personality changes that accompany Alzheimer’s can help you prepare and cope with the changes, and find new ways to keep your loved one engaged in meaningful activities.
4.) Take time to relax and do the things that you love. It is important to build meaningful activities in your day that make you happy. Our experienced staff can provide you with information on respite care so you enjoy yourself while knowing that your loved one is safe.

Caregiver stress is a common, but preventable part of caring for someone with dementia including Alzheimer’s. It is important to take care of your physical and mental well being. This is where The Broyles Foundation comes in, we are here to support your through this difficult time.

Happy International Women’s Day!