Advice from an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Here are Mr. Arnette’s top tips for caregivers coping with the stress of Alzheimer’s:
- The most important thing is to take care of yourself because you can’t take care of anyone else if you’re not okay yourself
- Know your limitations. It’s important to know what you can’t do even if you’d like to do it.
- Remember that Alzheimer’s is a slow disease so you need to find a coping mechanism because it’s a long journey. There are a ton of resources for family caregivers Ė reach out to them. Reach out to friends and family for support.
- Be an active part of the decision-making process.
Follow His Climbs
Listen to audio from Mr. Arnette’s climbs, view photos and videos of the climbs at www.alanarnette.com/blog. To see what other caregivers are saying about his efforts, follow him on Facebook. Here are some of the comments on Facebook from caregivers who are following his journey:
“Thanks for climbing for my dad and all families affected by Alzheimer’s”
- Becky from Montana
“You are beyond amazing – awareness is key, and people do what they can to bring awareness to others…..but what you are doing? Wow!! I am honored to “like” this.”
- Kathy, Michigan
How You Can Help
To help Mr. Arnette’s cause, visit his website, www.climb4ad.com and donate.
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