The weather is turning warmer and warmer and that means there are more opportunities to get outside and enjoy the nice days. When you are providing care and support for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, such as an aging parent, you may have a more difficult time balancing everything going on in your life.
You have the right to enjoy your life, too.
Many family caregivers give up a lot of things in their own personal life to look after their loved ones. This is true of spouses, adult children, siblings, and more. It’s a good idea to be aware of the limits on your time when looking after somebody you care about.
What happens if you don’t pay attention to these things?
One thing is that you could end up giving up a lot more than you expected to when you first agreed to help this individual. You might stop spending time with friends. Your own spouse may begin to feel neglected, as though he or she hasn’t seen you, had a conversation with you, or gone out to dinner or a movie in months or even years.
As the weather turns warmer, there’s going to be a bigger pull for you to do certain activities. Some of these activities could include going to the beach, enjoying a barbecue with friends, gardening, or simply going for a walk at a local park.
Some of these can be great for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Some of these outdoor activities can be extremely beneficial for those dealing with some form of dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s. Going to the park, for example, is a great way for seniors to get exercise. They can walk at their own pace, but if they have the ability and physical support, pushing their pace a little bit more than usual can help to increase the heart rate, which helps to improve the heart muscles, which improves their health, usually.
For those who may feel overwhelmed and have a tendency to look outside at the gorgeous blue skies, the leaves popping out on most trees, and wish they could do more, but simply don’t feel there’s an opportunity because this individual requires their help, a home care aide may be just the answer they need.
By hiring a home care aide for just a couple of hours a day every other day or even once a week, there’s an opportunity to enjoy the spring and summer season ahead.