Taking Care of You

Caring for someone can be overwhelming. So, it's critical for you to take care of your own physical and mental health -- first.

Caring for someone can sometimes be overwhelming. As you well know, it can be physically demanding, emotionally draining and cause stress and conflict when combined with other major responsibilities. So, it’s critical for you to take care of your own physical and mental health -- first. This section contains some important ideas and resources for maintaining your health, managing your stress and achieving good nutrition.

Maintaining Your Health
Taking care of your health is important, no matter what your age. This is especially true for caregivers who often overlook their own health needs as they care for loved ones. The section below is just for you! Take a few moments to read through the basic health tips and special health conditions highlighted in this section for a healthier you!

Preventing Disease and Staying Healthy

Many factors affect your health. Some you cannot control, such as your genetic makeup or your age. But you can make changes to your lifestyle. By taking steps toward healthy living, you can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and other serious diseases. For example,

  • See your doctor for regular screenings, not just when you are sick
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods, and limit calories and saturated fat
  • Be physically active
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Quit smoking
  • Protect yourself from too much sun

BASIC HEALTH TIPS

 All Health Topics from the U.S. National Library of Medicine & the National Institutes of Health 

 Aging and Your Eyes 

 Back Pain

 Bereavement

 Evaluating Health Information

 Family Issues

 Foot Care

 Hearing Loss

 Men's Health (General) 

 Remember to Exercise

 Seniors' Health (General)

 Skin Care and Aging

 Sun Exposure 

 Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth 

 Medicines - Use Them Safely

 Weight Loss / Dieting

 Women's Health (General)

 SPECIAL HEALTH CONDITIONS

 Arthritis

 Cancer Facts

 Diabetes 

 Heart Disease / Prevention

  High Blood Pressure

  Obesity

 Osteoporosis

 Osteoarthritis

 Stroke 

 Urinary Incontinence

 MANAGING YOUR STRESS
Caregiving can be stressful in its own right, but especially so when other priorities are competing for your attention. Left unmanged, stress can lead to health problems including depression, substance abuse, and chronic health conditions. The information in this section will raise your awareness about stress and provide you with a collection of ideas and tools to help keep your stress under control.

 Anxiety

 Depression

 Dementia vs. Depression 

 Exercise

 Exercise for Seniors 

 Menopause 

 Substance Abuse (alcohol) 

  ACHIEVING GOOD NUTRITION

Eating right is just as important for you as it is for the person that you care for. It also gives you the energy you need to help ward off disease. The information in this section offers suggestions for achieving healthy nutritional habits.

 AoA Elderly Nutrition Program Fact Sheet 

 National Policy & Resource Center on Nutrition & Aging 

 Food and Nutrition Information Center 

 American Dietetic Association 

 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 

 The National Family Caregivers Association 

 Department of Health and Human Services