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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

RE­ALISE THAT CAR­ING FOR YOUR­SELF IS VI­TAL TO YOUR LOVED ONE’S HEALTH

“Be­com­ing a care­giver has an emo­tional, phys­i­cal and some­times fi­nan­cial im­pact,” ex­plains Sa­man­tha Tay­lor, Na­tional In­for­ma­tion and Ad­vice Ser­vices Man­ager for The Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ire­land. “When you take care of your­self, ev­ery­one ben­e­fits — if you don’t, you may ex­pe­ri­ence high lev­els of stress, anx­i­ety, ex­haus­tion and de­pres­sion,” she warns.

“De­men­tia is pro­gres­sive, so care needs to change and in­crease over time, and un­for­tu­nately there’s cur­rently no cure. For most peo­ple, pro­gres­sion is grad­ual so we get time to adapt, but it also means car­ers are of­ten car­ing for many years.”

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