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How Dementia Caregivers Can Relieve Frustration

By Jennifer Thompson, 9:00 am on

There are over 42.5 million family caregivers in the United States. Over 15.7 million of those are specifically Alzheimer’s or dementia caregivers. A Nashville Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiver’s job is never easy with most spending over 13 days a month taking care of household chores and six days a month performing daily living tasks. Yet, many hold down full-time jobs in addition to helping their elderly loved ones. This can cause natural yet inconvenient feelings of frustration for family caregivers. Luckily, there are ways to ease and manage these feelings.

The fact is that most dementia caregivers in Nashville spend fewer than 13 hours a month taking care of themselves. This can lead to incredible frustration, which can lead to more problems down the road. While most find that their frustration is at the disease rather than their loved ones, many find that their frustration level overflows into other areas of their lives.

If you find yourself in this position, train yourself to recognize when your frustration level is just starting to build. Some caregivers experience physical signs like shortness of breath and rapid heartbeats while others experience emotional outbreaks or become extremely quiet. However your frustration manifests, it helps to identify the signs so you have time to calm down.

When you find that your frustration level is building, find time to step away for a few minutes. Curl up in a chair and watch a television show, talk to a friend on the telephone or do something else that you really enjoy. You cannot be an effective caregiver if you do not take care of yourself.

Watch the way that you are thinking when you are frustrated. Be careful when things go wrong to not make over-generalizations as these statements can make you feel even worse. Instead, stop and make sure that you are living in the moment respond to your negative thoughts with more positive ones. If you have ever thrown a stone in a pond and watched the ripples expand in the water, then that is the effect that negative thinking can have on your life. Instead, take a few minutes to nip your negative thinking in the bud.

Caring for yourself is really important when you are caring for a person with dementia. If you are feeling frustrated, then make sure to ask for help as it can be the bravest thing that you have ever done. Contact Home Care Assistance at (615) 656-4999 today to talk to a friendly Care Manager about our premier respite elder home care in Nashville. Our highly trained caregivers will work around your loved one’s schedule to help with daily tasks while you get time for yourself to rest and recharge. Schedule a free consultation today when you call.