Nearly 66 million Americans care for aging, ill, or disabled loved ones.  And, 13 million caregivers are also caring for their own children.  What is “caregiver stress”?  It is a multidimensional response to the burden of taking care of a loved one for an extended period of time.  The quality of life is affected as the caregiver’s physical and psychological health is threatened whereby quality of life is harmed.

31% of family caregivers admit they’d like more help.  The Journal of American Medical Association reports that if you are a spousal caregiver between the ages of 66 and 96, and are experiencing ongoing mental or emotional strain as a result of your caregiving duties, there’s a 63% increased risk of dying over those people in the same age group who are not caring for a spouse.  A recent stress test conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care  network demonstrated that of the family caregivers who participated, 77% reported their aging loved one’s needs to be overwhelming, 90% said they have episodes of feeling anxious or irritable, 77% say caregiving is taking a toll on their family lives, and 56% seem to become ill more frequently.

So how do you know if caregiving is becoming too risky for you?  Examine this list and see how many apply to you:

  • Ignoring your own health problems or symptoms
  • Lack of healthy diet and/or exercise
  • Overusing tobacco and/or alcohol when you feel stressed
  • Losing sleep and/or connections with social support
  • Feeling down or hopeless, resentful or frustrated, isolated
  • Loss of energy or diminished interest in pleasurable activities

What do you do to manage your caregiver stress?  Take note of this list in order to make changes:

  • Work out and eat well
  • Meditate and/or pray to focus on self-appreciation
  • Ask for help and find support
  • Take a break and take care of yourself
  • Find resources to provide respite
  • Maintain a life outside of caregiving



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