What the Caregiver Needs to Know - Physical Activity

What the Caregiver Needs to Know

Caregiver supporting an elderly person

A caregiver is someone who is responsible for the care and wellness of another person or plays a role in the care required for someone. This may be a relative, significant other, neighbor, or friend. Whatever the role, it is very important for the caregiver to understand basic care needs. A caregiver's support can improve quality of life. Helping with physical activity and healthy lifestyle changes are just a few of the steps on the journey to staying well. The more a caregiver knows, the better able he or she will be to give care.

Remember: when caring for another person, it is important to take care of yourself too! Seek help from others when needed and know your own limitations.

Local Resources for Caregivers

You can check your local area for a community center, park, recreation center, VA medical center, YMCA, health club, mall walking group or church group to join and do physical activities that you enjoy.

MOVE!® Weight Management Program Handouts (PDF)

Physical Activity on a Budget

Physical Activity Can Be Fun

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Reviewed/Updated Date: January 2012
Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Dr. Linda Kinsinger
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Kenneth R. Jones, Sophia Hurley
Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Rose Mary Pries, Dr. Pam Hebert

Tip of the Day

Tip of Day

Take time to relax! Spend 20 minutes a day doing something that is relaxing and not work related. Try taking a walk, stretching, reading a book, or doing yoga. These activities can help you keep your energy level up and feel better longer than eating a candy bar, drinking a soda, or eating a bag of chips.

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