Managing Caregiver Stress in AD Essential During Back-to-School Time, AFA Says

Managing Caregiver Stress in AD Essential During Back-to-School Time, AFA Says
The strain of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) during the hectic back-to-school season can be overwhelming. For good brain health, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) says it’s essential to take measures to mitigate stress. "It’s super important to make managing stress one of your top priorities, particularly when you’re juggling many different responsibilities,” Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA president and CEO, said in a press release. “Too much stress can affect sleep, appetite, and productivity, and, of course, impacting your ability to be at your best for those you are caring for in your life.” A recent study, published in the scientific journal Psychogeriatrics, concludes that caring for people with AD markedly affects caregivers’ care for themselves. “Awareness, motivation and knowledge of self-care, as well as knowledge of healthcare resources, are important prerequisites for caregivers to achieve self-care management,” the researchers said. They noted that it’s more common in Alzheimer’s than many other diseases for family members to be primary caregivers. More than 16 million U.S. residents provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, according to an annual re
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