Take care of yourself

Are you so busy taking care of a loved one that you have forgotten to take care of yourself? It is a fact that many caregivers give out long before the person that they are taking care of does. Make sure that you take a little time every day to eat well, get some exercise and talk to a friend. If you become run down you won't be able to help your loved one.

Find the services in your community that can help best meet your needs. Several organizations have funds to help with respite care, so that your loved one will be taken care of and you can get away. There are Adult Day cares that can help you during the day, while you are at work. Many have vans to help with transportation needs. Join a support group where you can meet other caregivers.

In Columbia we are fortunate enough to have an organization called The Caregivers Coalition of the Midlands. This is an organization run by professionals and caregivers alike. If you have any questions you can call their hot line number at 744-8615. You may also want to contact Area Council on Aging at 803-252-7734 or the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at 803-791-3430