Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients Shouldn’t Overlook Their Own Health: A Nutritionist’s View

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients Shouldn’t Overlook Their Own Health: A Nutritionist’s View
When we think about Alzheimer’s disease, we often focus solely on the patient. However, the health of the caregiver is important as well. A caregiver is someone who attends to a patient’s needs and wants on a daily basis, a task that may end up becoming a full-time occupation. Often overlooked, caregivers bear the emotional, as well as physical, burden as the patients’ condition worsens over time.  Symptoms of stress in a caregiver can include denial, anger, isolation, depression, exhaustion, brain fog, and health problems. A 2011 literature review found that “caregivers reported poorer perceived health, more chronic illness such as hyper-tension and have an increased risk of poor wound healing.”  The reason for this is that the physiological stress of caregiving triggers the sympathetic nervous system to turn on. This means the body is in a heightened activity mode
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