Alzheimer's: A message for the Caregivers


Written by Evolve Holistic’s Co-Founder, Lilian Motta

It is very likely that you or someone you know has a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Today is World Alzheimer's Day, a day on which Alzheimer's organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. AD is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning and is the main cause of death of over one in three seniors today.

Since Alzheimer's has no cure and it gradually renders people incapable of tending for their own needs, care giving is essentially the treatment and must be carefully managed over the course of the disease. If you are a caregiver we would like to recognize you and encourage that you take some time today of reflection and self love. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, In 2016, 15.9 million family caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours, that is a lot of time where we focus our energy on the well being of others and can often mean neglecting our own. Here are some things to consider for optimizing our brain health and improve our self-care.

Evolve Physically

Physical activity is also associated with a reduced risk of AD. Physical exercise is associated with decreased rate of dementia and is also effective in reducing symptom severity in those with AD. Here are some ideas to get your moving:

  • Play on a sports team

  • Go for a walk after work

  • Stretch and find time to relax at home

  • Go to the gym

  • Play and be active with your kids

Evolve Nutritionally

Those who eat a diet high in saturated fats and simple carbohydrates have a higher risk of getting AD, here are some suggestions to eat Mindfully and optimize brain health:

  • Eat Whole foods, good quality veggies

  • Green leafy vegetables

  • Nuts

  • Berries

  • Beans

  • Fish

  • Olive oil

Evolve Emotionally

People living with AD can be apathetic, meaning they lack a sense of purpose, worth, or meaning in their life; Imagine being confused about time and space, along with the frustration of your memory slowly deteriorating. People living with AD face many challenges along with their caregivers. Patience, love and education are essential for caring for people with AD, here are some other things to consider when caring for someone with AD:

  • Recognize all of the time and effort that you put into their care.

  • Talk to someone that is in a similar situation

  • Have compassion for yourself and the person with AD

  • Do not take thing personally

  • Find time for yourself to do things that make you happy

Some other activities to optimize brain health!

  • Reading

  • Playing musical instruments

  • Completing crossword puzzles  

  • Playing board games

  • Learn a second language, no matter at what age

  • Regular social interaction

    Caring for someone is one of the most rewarding human interactions, take care of yourself to show up to the world for the people we love.

Blog Written by Co-Founder Lilian Motta, dedicated to my Abuelita Fernanda.