Caring for a loved one with dementia can be profoundly fulfilling—and, it can also be an emotionally overwhelming, physically challenging, and even isolating experience. While people with dementia who remain at home typically live healthier and happier lives, their caregivers are at increased risk for depression, cardiovascular disease, and other types of chronic illness.
The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group (YRMG) is designed to support patients and their caregivers in living longer, healthier lives. The latest episode of YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen features YRMG’s Sam Downing, MD, Director, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Christina Gettens, DNP, AGNP-C, Dementia Care Specialist, sharing insights on the unique nature and needs of people who care for loved ones with dementia.
While we talk, Drs. Downing and Gettens help me prepare a delicious sheet pan supper with broccolini, tomatoes and feta. All you need is a baking pan, oven, and a few simple ingredients to prepare this nutrient-packed, homemade meal.
Want to learn more about Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care at Dignity Health, YRMG? Visit us here or call (928) 327-5504.
Check out our prior Your Healthy Kitchen episodes on self-care for caregivers and the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program with Dr. Downing. You’ll find those videos, plus dozens of ways to prepare simple, affordable, nutritious meals on the Your Healthy Kitchen blog.
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