Stress Awareness Video: Family Caregivers Managing Stress
Okay the numbers aren't good, but we have to take a look. It's like ripping off a Band-Aide.
- "A quarter of adult children, mainly baby boomer, provide personal and financial care to a parent." - MetLife Mature Market Institute: Caregiving Costs to Working Caregivers
- "Adult children who work and provide care to a parent are more likely to have considerable health issues and poorer health overall." - MetLife Mature Market Institute: Caregiving Costs to Working Caregivers
- "Caring for persons with dementia impacts a person's immune system for up to 3 years after their caregiving ends, increasing their risk of developing a chronic illness themselves." - Caregiving in the U.S: National Alliance for Caregiving.
- 40-70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression."- Assessment of Family Caregivers: A Research Perspective in Family Caregiver Alliance, Caregiver Assessment: Voices and Views from the Field.
Okay, still with us? Now on to the hope: You are a renewable resource, namely, a resource which can replenish with the passage of time. Just remember the acronym R E N E W:
R is for Release Old Baggae: Let go of yesterday's emotional baggae to make today lighter.
E is for Engage in Personal Time: Don't let your life be defined solely by caregiving.
N is for Network: Reach out to other caregivers, support groups, blogs, and professionals.
E is for Equip Yourself: Get the backup help, education, and resources you need.
W is for Work Your Mind and Body: You're in overdrive. Be sure to maintain a self-care routine.
Remember, we must take good care of ourselves, so we can take good care of others.
You are not alone! Visit us online at SoundOptions.com and find more resources and services to support family caregivers.
Published on April 14, 2014.