Artist Shimoda Emanuel rearranged her life when she had to take care of her 95-year young mom with Alzheimer’s. Changing her whole way of doing things wasn’t easy; she was freaking out, losing sleep, feeling like her time wasn’t hers anymore.

Determined to make a change, she found better ways of implementing a healthy lifestyle of art, laughter and music into caregiving.

This is a 2-part series on Caring for the Person Living with Alzheimer’s Disease.

✔️ Main Point #1: Establish Morning Ritual + Time Management

  • Sacred time for yourself is so important. Shimoda would meditate for at least for five minutes to get centered, write in her journal, read a book and get up and drink some water.
  • As a caregiver, remember that if you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re not going to be able to take care of other people.

✔️ Main Point #2: The Power of Smell

  • Essential oils can relax or boost your energy
  • Being in touch with how you’re feeling and what can help with that.

✔️ Main Point #3: Food Affects Mood

  • Being aware of what you eat and how it makes you feel
  • Being aware of how food affects the person your loved one.
  • Be mindful of the effect of sugar

✔️ Main Point #4: Sweet Sleep

  • Not getting enough sleep affects you and your loved one.
  • Tips for a restful sleep, especially if the person with Alzheimer’s wakes up in the middle of the night, includes using safer alternatives like calcium & magnesium supplements, melatonin or chamomile tea.

Shimoda Donna Emanuel is a quilt, fiber, and mixed media artist and the owner of ShimodaAccessories.com. A published author, Shimoda shares her experience in her new book, Sacred Stitches: The Art of Caregiving. 

Care Givers Items:
Book & Paper — Shimoda Accessories (shimoda-accessories.com)

Book:
Sacred Stitches: The Art of Care Giving
Tips for Stitching Yourself Together When Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Notecards:
Sacred Stitches – Caregivers Need Love Also

25 Card Deck:
Sacred Stitches – Your Intuitive Wisdom Guide Connecting You to Focus, Clarity & Peace

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