Walk with SpiriTrust Lutheran® in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!

SpiriTrust Lutheran® is proud to support this year’s Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s as a Select Sponsor for the walks in Gettysburg and York! Add your flower to the fight to end Alzheimer’s by joining the Spirit Striders at John C. Rudy Park in York on Saturday, October 29 and visit our Facebook page for photos from the recently held walk in Gettysburg.

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Depression While Caring for Others: Nine Survival Tips for Caregivers

Warning Signs of Caregiver Depression

First, let’s start by talking about the warning signs of caregiver depression. For most people, the early warning signs include:

  • Being quick to anger
  • Problems with sleep – sleeping too much or insomnia
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Feeling worthless and inadequate
  • Unintended weight gain or weight loss
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Feeling resentful of the loved one you care for

If more than one of these describes how you are feeling, you might be suffering from depression. It is best to schedule an appointment with your family practice physician to get their advice.

Preventing Caregiver Depression

Even if you don’t meet the clinical definition for depression, you should be aware that caregivers as a whole are at increased risk for developing it. Some steps you can take now to prevent it are:

  1. Asking for and accepting help from others
  2. Using respite services from home care providers
  3. Taking advantage of adult day programs in your area
  4. Getting exercise such as walking or riding your bike
  5. Learning how to meditate or practice yoga
  6. Practice journaling a few minutes each morning or at bedtime
  7. Find time for a good laugh each day maybe with a funny sitcom or cat video on You Tube
  8. Stay in touch with friends and loved ones
  9. Join an online support group

If you have questions about caregiver depression or would like to learn more about preventing it, the Family Caregiver Alliance has a variety of resources that can be of help.

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