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“Looking for Helpful Self-Care Tips for Alzheimer’s Care? Ask AI & ChatGPT. You Will Be Surprised!”.

“Looking for Helpful Self-Care Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregiving? Ask AI and ChatGPT. You Will Be Surprised!”


L.T. Force, Ph.D.


We all know the story. The ongoing discussion and debate about the plus and minuses of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Chat GPT. Some individuals herald the advent of AI as though it is the: “new Industrial Revolution….it will change everything”. For others, their view is: “stay away….stay far away….it’s dangerous”.


Definition of ChatGPT:

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot developed by OpenAI and released in November 2022. The name "ChatGPT" combines "Chat", referring to its chatbot functionality, and "GPT", which stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer, a type of large language model (LLM).[2] ChatGPT is built upon OpenAI's foundational GPT models, specifically GPT-3.5 and GPT-4, and has been fine-tuned (an approach to transfer learning) for conversational applications using a combination of supervised and reinforcement learning techniques.

(Wikipedia, 2023)


On a personal level, I am interested in learning more about the functionality and use of AI and Chat GPT. My belief is that knowledge of this application will be valuable. The way I frame it out in my own mind…. is similar to the experiences that people must have had when electricity was developed….or when the automobile was manufactured. You then had choices to make, i.e. continue to live in a candlelit room and continue to ride your horse as a main form of transportation…. or adapt and change. My intention is to learn, adapt and change.

I was interested in receiving the AI ChatGPT answer regarding helpful tips for self-care for Alzheimer’s disease Caregivers. There is enough evidence to know that caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful and overwhelming. My perspective is - any and all advice that can be helpful should be explored. Bringing the: AI ChatGPT: "Voice and Resources" to the table - that could be helpful to caregivers of Persons with AD - could be a value-add. Here is the question I asked the Open AI app:

“What is the best way to take care of yourself as a Caregiver of a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?”

Here is the AI ChatGPT answer that was generated (within 10-seconds):

Taking care of yourself as a caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer's disease is crucial to maintain your own well-being and provide the best possible care. Here are some important tips for self-care:

1. Educate yourself: Learn about Alzheimer's disease to better understand its progression, symptoms, and caregiving strategies. This knowledge can help you anticipate and respond to your family member's needs effectively.

2. Seek support: Don't hesitate to reach out for help and support. Join a caregiver support group, either in-person or online, to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. It can provide a safe space to share challenges, advice, and emotional support.

3. Take breaks: Caregiving can be physically and emotionally demanding. Schedule regular breaks to recharge and prevent burnout. Ask other family members or friends to assist with caregiving responsibilities, or consider respite care options that provide temporary relief.

4. Prioritize self-care: Dedicate time for your own well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as hobbies, exercise, reading, or spending time with friends. Self-care allows you to maintain your own physical and mental health.

5. Establish a routine: Develop a structured routine for both yourself and the person with Alzheimer's. This can provide a sense of stability and predictability, which is beneficial for managing symptoms and reducing stress.

6. Take care of your own health: Attend regular medical check-ups, eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. Prioritizing your own health is essential for your ability to provide effective care.

7. Accept your limitations: Recognize that you cannot do everything alone. It's important to acknowledge your own limitations and seek assistance when needed. Don't hesitate to ask for help or delegate tasks to others.

8. Stay connected: Maintain social connections and nurture relationships outside of caregiving. Spend time with friends and family members who can offer emotional support and provide a break from caregiving responsibilities.

9. Practice stress management techniques: Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or engaging in activities that help you relax. Taking care of your mental and emotional well-being is crucial.

Remember, being a caregiver is a challenging role, and it's essential to prioritize your own well-being. By taking care of yourself, you can provide better care and support to your family member with Alzheimer's disease.


My impression of the answer generated by an AI ChatGPT platform is: “Not bad advice”. Especially when you realize this answer was generated by an AI platform…. that has never had any personal or emotional exchange or connection with a family member in need. Just like the magic of a photograph…. of a an image….a sunset…can generate an emotional response,,,,so can the AI ChatGPT platform,,,,it can generate an emotional response. Can you imagine the reaction of a person who observed the first photograph? It was magical….it was mystical….it was beyond this world. We just needed to learn more about how best to interface with a camera….with this new tool….this new resource….just like we need to increase our understanding and value of the AI ChatGPT platform. In fact, there are a number of technological platforms that can add support to your Caregiving journey. For example, Alzheimer's Speaks:

( a national and international support and advocacy platform for Alzheimer's Caregivers. And MindfulText: ( a mindfulness text based platform to help reduce Caregiver stress.

Again, AI ChatGPT provided not bad advice….very insightful…on how to increase self-care as a caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease….in fact, very good advice….


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