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  • Writer's pictureDr. Shawn A. Weiss, PT, DPT, CDP, CADDCT

Dementia: Self-Care to Mitigate Caregiver Burnout

If you're caring for a loved one who is cognitively impaired, this hour is for you. Dr. Shawn Weiss joins Suzanne Newman on the Answers for Elders Radio Show to talk about giving yourself some grace and working on self-care to lessen burnout during the overwhelming experience of family caregiving.

Dr. Weiss talks about recognizing the symptoms of burnout, working on self-care, and giving yourself some grace. Burnout will lead you to have a short fuse, the last thing you need while caregiving. Take time and step back, find ways to de-stress, and have someone you can vent to.

Knowledge is power. The more you are prepared, the better as your loved one's dementia worsens. When it comes down to it, you have to make sure you're taking care of yourself and finding people that can help. If you have to take a break, make sure you come back refreshed, don't feel guilty about it. Have trusted people around you. You don't want to wait till it's too late to find the right people, because then you'll be forced to make quick adjustments and not find the right people.

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