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)
Sacred Stitches: The Art of Care Giving
Tips for Stitching Yourself Together When Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s
Sacred Stitches – Caregivers Need Love Also
25 Card Deck:
Sacred Stitches – Your Intuitive Wisdom Guide Connecting You to Focus, Clarity & Peace