Caregivers: Take care of your health
Caregiver Tip: Caregivers often neglect their own health, tolerating headaches, indigestion, muscle tension, sleeping issues and allergic reactions. These could actually be signs of more serious issues. Take time to pause, consider the situation and breathe deeply when encountering these signals. Write down any persistent symptoms that you experience and consult a professional. (From the Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit organization in association with Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Syracuse universities.)
If you would like to share a caregiver tip or your story, please call Colleen Fritsch at 651-234-2222.
Here are some resources caregivers might find helpful:Memory loss
The Memory Loss Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the private dining room at Regina Medical Center. Contact Kim Schrader at 651-404-1383 for more information.
Vision Loss Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the activities kitchen at Regina Medical Center. Contact Kim Schrader at 651-404-1383 for more information.
For a resource guide for service providers who can help in your caregiver journey, please stop by the Hastings Senior Center in the Tilden Community Center, or go online to: http://www.darts1.org/dakota-county-eldercare-resources.
If you would like to submit a question or concern about your own caregiving experience, and get direct, one-to-one information and advice from a licensed social worker and eldercare advisor, please visit: http://www.darts1.org/online-caregiving-advisor or call 651-455-1560.
If you have a caregiving story to share, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Colleen Fritsch at DARTS, 651-234-2222 or Colleen.Fritsch@DARTS1.org.