What you can do for them
You may feel helpless at times when you see someone you care for have a PBA episode. But there are ways you can help:
- Relate. They may be embarrassed by symptoms and reluctant to talk about their condition. Let them know you understand that their PBA episodes are not something they can control.
- Remind. Let your loved one know that PBA is a neurologic condition. In other words, PBA is not their fault.
- Reassure. Let them know they’re not alone. Nearly 2 million people in the United States suffer from PBA.
Caregiving also means caring for yourself
While families provide 80% of the long-term care in the United States, it’s hard to help others if you don't take care of yourself. Caring for a loved one can be a positive, loving experience, but it can also result in stress if you don’t take care of your own needs. Here are a few tips:
- Exercise regularly. Exercise helps with sleep, reduces tension, and increases energy. Just walking 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week can help.
- Reduce stress. Learn and use stress reduction techniques, such as yoga, or meditation.
- Ask for help. You may feel you don’t want to bother others, but people want to help. Keep a list ready of short, simple tasks that others can do.
- Communicate. When you speak directly about what you need, you can get the support and help you’re looking for.
- Set goals. Make a list of things you would like to accomplish in the next 3 months, such as feeling healthier. Then break it down into steps to get there, such as:
1. Walking with a friend once a week.
2. Taking a break to stretch in the afternoon.
3. Making an appointment for a check-up.
Helpful advice from other organizations
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Want to share your own PBA story?
As a caregiver for someone living with PBA, you have a special perspective on how the condition affects people who have it. That's why sharing your own PBA experiences may be a great way to help people with PBA and other caregivers like you.