Whether you’re a caregiver to your family members or a professional caregiver such as a health provider, teacher, or clergy, recognize that burnout or neglecting your health will impact your ability to care for others. Try taking micro-breaks to recharge, a few moments to step away and stay connected with the world outside of your role as a caregiver. Find a community or group for your interests and hobbies or simply call a friend to talk about something besides caregiving.
We’re here to help. From our counselors to our community rabbi to our family stabilization program, learn more about JFS Orlando’s FAMILY of services by visiting JFSorlando.org or call (407) 644-7593.
Managing Chronic Health Conditions
There are many ways to manage chronic health conditions, but the first and most important step is to visit your physician regularly. Here are some guidelines for various conditions you may experience.
Eyes: Visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least once a year. It’s a good idea to have an extra pair of all prescription glasses at home, as well as a copy of your prescriptions. Having an extra pair is especially important when traveling. Be aware that bifocals and progressive lens can distort distances and depth perception.
COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive but treatable disease affecting the respiratory system. If you frequently experience coughing, wheezing, excess phlegm or mucus, or shortness of breath, please see a specialist.
Diabetes: Diabetes is caused by your body’s inability to make or use insulin, a hormone created in the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels. Without this regulation, sugar builds up in the blood, damaging blood vessels. Complications include eye, kidney, and nerve disease, as well as heart attacks and strokes. Consult your doctor to learn more about living with diabetes.
Heart Disease: Visit a cardiologist regularly to monitor your heart health. Exercise, diet, and reducing stress can all boost cardiovascular function. Symptoms of heart disease include heart attack, heart failure, and arrhythmia.