How can mindfulness practices assist an Alzheimer’s caregiver?
From The Advocate
For caregivers, the practice of mindfulness often can make a difference in the way they experience their loved ones’ journey with the disease. They can learn to embrace the reality of each present moment with the affected person, whether it’s positive or negative. Additionally, the caregiver can start appreciating the general transient nature of life as a whole and become better equipped to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Mindfulness can sometimes create a transformation of sorts in that the caregiver will look at his or her role not so much as a giver of care all the time but as a care recipient of their loved one’s devotion. In this lens of mindfulness, the caregiver moves more toward an attitude of gratitude and understanding, which makes them better able to handle the toll of caregiving and lends a greater sense of well-being, too.
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