Healthy Choices for Caregivers
By David Novak
Caring for a loved one with an illness — like cancer, dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease– is not easy. It takes strength, patience and love. When caring for a loved one, your health and wellness may often take a backseat. As a caregiver, all your time and energy is devoted to nurturing your friend or family member. You grab fast food at a drive-through or skip meals entirely to stay by his or her side. You let your exercise program go. And because a caregiver role can be extremely mentally fatiguing, your mental health can be at stake as well.