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Taking Care of Yourself - Outside Activities

Successful caregivers dont give up their own enjoyable activities. Many organizations have respite care programs to provide a break for caregivers. Other family members are often willing - even pleased - to spend time with the person in your care. It may be possible to have respite care on a regular basis. Keep a list of the people you can ask for help once in a while. If your friends want to know how they can help ease your burden, ask them to:

* Telephone, and be a good listener as you may voice strong feelings

* Offer words of appreciation for your caregiving efforts

* Share a meal or just a cup of coffee with you

* Help you find useful information about community resources

* Show genuine interest

* Stop by or send cards, letters, pictures, or humorous newspaper clippings

* Share the workload or help hire a relief caregiver

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