Transportation Options for Non-Drivers

Getting around is essential no matter our age. As we get older,
though, many of us may choose to stop driving or, as caregivers, decide it’s
best for our parent or loved one to no longer transport him or herself. Because
of this, transportation alternatives become essential.
There are a variety
of transportation options out there. The trick is figuring out which is the
best fit and which your loved one will feel the most comfortable with.
Location, cost, convenience (for both the person being cared for as well as the
caregiver), frequency and ease of use all become factors in deciding which
option is best. To help you get started, here is a breakdown of many of the
options.
Friends and Family
Often, the responsibility of transporting loved ones falls on friends and
family. For many, this works out to be the most trustworthy and cost-effective
solution. For others, however, schedules and distance will make this nearly
impossible. Because you and your loved one will know and trust the drivers in
this transportation network, this is also the least worrisome option. For those
of you who are willing and able to be your loved one’s primary means of
transport, be sure to have a back-up option should you get sick or need a
break. If you are unable to be the primary transportation option, hiring a
safe-driving family member or friend to provide rides on a regular basis will
help to share the load while providing them with added income.
Taxis
Whether the primary mode of transportation or a backup, taxicabs are a convenient
way to get your loved one to and from necessary destinations. There are pros
and cons, though. The pros of taxi service are that they are almost always
readily available and reasonably priced, depending on location. The cons are
that drivers usually don’t help passengers into and out of their destinations,
will most likely be unknown to the passenger and will not be consistent. Also,
if used frequently, fares can add up. Lastly, organizing rides may fall to you,
the caregiver, if your loved one isn’t able to or doesn’t like the idea of
making the reservations. As with all other services, make sure to go with a
reputable company to ensure the safety of your loved one.
Hiring a Private Car Service
If there is a need for transportation on a consistent basis and relying on
family and friends is not an option, a car service may be a solution.
Contracting with a reputable transportation service to take your loved one on
weekly errands may end up being cheaper — and more efficient — than using taxis
for every trip. Arrangements can be made in advance, the cost per trip may be
lower than using taxis and you might be able to request the same driver each
week. They may even be willing to escort your loved one into and out of their
home and provide assistance with carrying packages or bags. Be sure to ask
local senior services for recommendations so you make arrangements with a
reputable company — especially if you plan to have someone entering your loved
one’s home.
Residence Transportation Services
Many care facilities provide transportation for their residents. If your parent
or loved one is living in any type of care facility, check to see if they offer
this service. Many do, which is a great resource for caregivers who either
can’t provide regular transportation or need a break. Often, facilities will
arrange weekly trips to the grocery store and other destinations, as well as
schedule social day trips. Simply check with the front desk of the facility on
whether this is an option.
Volunteer
Drivers

Check with local senior organizations as well as your religious institution to
see if they provide volunteer transportation services. Often, churches,
synagogues and religious organizations, as well as senior centers, have
volunteers at the ready to assist older members of the community with errands,
appointments and other necessary trips around town.
Dial-a-Ride, Van Services and Ride Sharing
Many communities provide public ride sharing services, such as Dial-a-Ride,
that cater to older adults. Often, these services are run by local
transportation companies or nonprofit organizations and can be very useful for
getting around town. These vans and buses are unlike taxis and hired
transportation services in that they run along specific routes and usually
don’t cater to specific requests. Costs for these services vary by service and
location. To find a service in your area, check the phonebook or use the Eldercare Locater.
Public Transportation
Depending on your loved one’s health, level of comfort and location, public
transportation may be an option. This is a convenient way to get around
metropolitan areas and is a great option in those areas where it’s safe, easy
to follow and convenient. If you think your parent or loved one would take well
to public transportation, take him on a few test runs to ensure he’s
comfortable and finds his way around easily. Most major public transit systems
provide rate information as well as maps on their websites.
Paratransit
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those with disabilities are
legally entitled to paratransit, as long as they meet eligibility. A system of
buses, vans, cars and trains, paratransit is a public transportation service
that caters to those who are unable to use regular public transportation. Those
interested — or their caregivers — must contact their local transit provider,
which will determine eligibility. For help with determining eligibility, visit
the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund.

Source: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-10-2010/pc_transportation_options_for_nondrivers.2.html

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Tips for the Long-Distance Caregiver

Caregiving from afar is no easy task.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while contemplating caring for your
parent from a distance.
Create
a Contact List

Assemble address and phone numbers of friends, neighbors, doctors, faith
leaders and others in regular contact with your parents who can be reached in
the event of an emergency. Include at least one person close by who can easily
check in on your loved one. Consider giving this person a key to the home if
your loved one approves. If you don’t already know them, introduce yourself
during a visit to establish relationships should you need to reach out. Give
one copy of this list to your loved one and keep a copy for yourself. These
folks may also be able to help out with shopping, transportation or visits.

Collect
Important Information Before a Crisis

Keep the following information organized and easy to reach in the event of a
crisis.
Medical
  •         Medical records.
  •          Notes on their condition.
  •          A list of medications they take.
  •          Names and phone numbers of all
    doctors.
  •          Name and phone number of their
    pharmacy.

Insurance

  •          A list of insurance policies, the
    carriers and account numbers.
Utilities
  •          Company names and phone numbers for
    all utilities, including electric, phone, cable and Internet.

Financial

  •          A list of all assets and debts
    (include dollar values).
  •          Yearly or monthly income.
  •          Yearly or monthly expenses.
  •          A statement of net worth.
  •          Information on bank accounts, other
    financial holdings and credit cards.

 Legal

  •         Relevant legal documents your loved
    one has or wants to create (i.e. wills, advance directives, trusts,   power(s) of
    attorney).
  •          Location of important documents
    (i.e. birth certificates, deed to home).
  •          Social Security numbers.

Make Visits Productive

Visiting your parent or loved one should be an enjoyable event. But take
advantage of your time together to assess their changing needs.

·        
Before your visit, decide together
with your loved ones what needs to be taken care of while you’re there,
including scheduling any necessary appointments.
  •          Make a list of household items that
    need to be purchased and, if possible, go out and buy them.
  •          Allow time to go through mail and
    old papers. 
  •          Take note of anything out of the
    ordinary and of what they eat. Check to see what they have in their
    refrigerator and pantry and if it’s sufficient.
  •          Look out for safety hazards such as
    loose rugs, missing handrails or poor lighting.

During your visits, you may start to realize that more help is needed on a
regular basis. Think about your parent’s daily needs and whether they are still
being adequately met.  Are they:
  •          Socializing with friends and other
    relatives?
  •          Attending religious services or
    other regular events?
  •          Keeping up with chores or
    housekeeping?
  •          Maintaining their personal
    appearance and hygiene?
  •          Eating well with a variety of foods
    in the house?
  •          Opening and responding to
    correspondence from insurers, banks or others?
  •          Paying bills and balancing the
    checkbook?
  •          Scheduling and getting to doctor
    appointments or other important visits?
  •          Getting out to the store or
    recreational activities?
  •         Maintaining the home?
  •         Taking medication as directed?

If not,
consider additional resources to ensure your loved one is maintaining their
normal routine and staying on top of finances, mail and medications.
Be sure,
however, to spend time enjoying each other’s company, too. A visit that is all
business won’t be good for anyone.
Gather
Information on Community Services

Based on your observations and discussions with your parents, you may want to
look into services in their community that could help them.  Start by
using the Eldercare Locator to
determine which local agencies provide services where your parents live. It
will refer you to the area agency on aging in your parent’s community. Look for
services that fit the needs of your loved ones as well as an organization that
can work with you long distance. Take notes on the services offered, the
application process, waiting lists and fees. If an organization requires an
in-person interview with your parent, find out what documents you will need
prior to the meeting and whether copies will be sufficient. If you can’t be
with your parent at the meeting, consider having one of their emergency
contacts stand in for you. You might be able to join the conversation by
telephone. Make a list of questions you want answered and be sure to have a
contact person to follow up with.
Look
into Public Benefits Online

You can now go online and safely and conveniently get an idea of the different
public assistance programs for which your parents might be eligible. By using
Benefits QuickLINK you can
find helpful state, federal and private benefits programs available where your
parents live. By answering a few questions, you will get fact sheets,
applications and websites for programs that can help them save money and cover
costs of everyday expenses.
Get
Help with Managing the Care

Most communities have professionals who can gauge your loved one’s abilities
and needs and set up a plan for care. You can find this assistance through
government-funded programs by using the Eldercare Locator.
Another option is to hire a private geriatric care manager. A number of
employers are starting to pay for these services and, if your family member has
long-term care insurance, this might be covered under the policy. For a list of
local professionals, visit the National Association of
Professional Geriatric Care Managers or the National Association of Social Workers.
Keep
the Lines of Communication Open

Be sensitive to your parent’s view of the situation. At first they may not want
strangers in their home, or they may have trouble facing change. Maintain a
positive focus, explain how the services will work and that they are designed
to help your parent remain independent. If possible, offer to contribute to the
cost of care without appearing to offer charity. If your suggestions of service
are rebuffed, you can have an objective third party — such as a doctor —
recommend the service.
Don’t
Forget Your Needs

Recognize the strain that long-distance caregiving causes, and take steps to
reduce it.  Accept that it’s impossible for you to provide all the help
your parent needs. Give yourself credit for your efforts to determine needs,
coordinate services and offer support by phone and occasional visits. Ask for
help when you need it. If you don’t feel that other family members are doing
their share, consider a family meeting to help resolve any issues. Eat right,
exercise and get enough sleep.
Mail
Carrier Alert Program

In some communities, mail carriers or utility workers are trained to spot signs
of trouble through the Carrier Alert Program of the U.S.
Postal Service. They report concerns, such as accumulated mail or
trash, to an agency that will check on the older adult. This is a service of
the USPS and the NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers) in
collaboration with local non-profits. To find out if there’s a program in your
area, contact the local post office or
NALC branch office, or ask your mail carrier for information.

Source: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving-resource-center/info-09-2010/pc_tips_for_long_distance_caregiver.1.html

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When Genders Collide While Caregiving

Two adult sisters were angry at their older brother, the
protective sibling they’d admired and emulated since they were kids. “We’ve cut
back on our work hours to take care of our Mom,” one sister complained to the
other. “But Louis insists he is too important to his company to miss time from his job. He just assumes we will
continue caring for Mom, no matter how it affects us.”
The family’s double standard rankled the sister with good
reason.  Their mother expected the
daughters to drive, feed and cater to her, but praised her son as practically a
hero for his weekly phone call.
Cultural norms have led us to expect that women and men will
play differing roles in many family activities. Often this works out well
agreed upon divisions of labor help family members work more cooperatively and
efficiently during parenting, household chores and other endeavors. But when
divisions start to emerge along gender lines in caregiving families, they can
embitter sister, enrage, brothers, and encumber the caregiving plan.
Take the question of who becomes a caregiver. With 2 out of
every 3 caregivers a female, family caregiving is still largely women’s work.
(The average caregiver is a 49-year old woman who works at least a part time
job and has been taking care of an aging parent for several years). Although the
percentage of male caregivers has slowly risen over the past 20 years, it still
lags far behind.
Researchers in the caregiving field have turned up these key
gender disparities:
Women are more likely to commit to particularly arduous
caregiving, including hands-on care that involves bathing and using the toilet.
Men, on the whole, are less apt to get their hands dirty and they feel less
guilt about hiring help than women do.
Women and men often receive varying responses for providing
the same level of care. Female caregivers are typically acknowledged as “just
doing their duty,” whereas men tend to be lauded for engaging in even minor
care activities.
Women and men cope differently with the stress of being a caregiver.
Women feel greater sadness and anxiety about caring for a loved one, and they
are more likely to seek emotional support (by attending a caregiver support
group for example). Men go into “Logical Problem-Solver” mode, avoiding their
emotions and spurning support groups.
We don’t usually talk about our family roles since we are
too busy living t hem, but if sisters or brothers feel they’re getting unfair
treatment on the basis of gender, it’s crucial to hash out these previously
unspoken expectations. That’s the first step toward addressing such key
questions as “Do we want to apply this family’s traditional gender roles to how
we provide care? Or do we want to divvy up the caregiving tasks in some new
way?” The resulting discussion may give sisters an opening to ask their
brothers to contribute more time, money or support. Or it may give brothers the
opportunity they’ve been seeking to request a larger say in caregiving
decisions.
www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-01-2014/caregiving-family-gender-sibilings-jacobs.html

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Find Resources for Your Aging Parent

When you are the person responsible for providing care for
your aging parents, life can become quite hectic. This situation is
particularly stressful for adults who have the dual responsibility of caring
for their own children as well as their aging parents. One of the best ways to
cope with aging parent care is to find resources and help within your local
community. Here are a few ideas for finding those resources:
1.      
Talk to your church representatives. If you are
active in a local church, you will often find a lot of resources, help, and
advice from then that will be extremely helpful with caring for your aging
parents. Your minister is often very connected to the community, and will know
about a variety of services and programs that you may never have heard of
before. Your church may also have social workers and specialists on staff whose
job is specifically created to help families with aging parents.
2.      
Look in the yellow pages. If you live in a large
community, there might be a wealth of resources for your aging parent right
there in the phone book. These cab range from senior community centers, day
trip organizers, adult day care, home health aides or assistants, and more.
3.      
Join a support group as the support group is for
you, the caregiver because as a caregiver to an aging parent, your
responsibilities can become vast. They’re also quite stressful, and many women
particularly try to do everything themselves, and end up burning out from
trying to do too much without any help. By joining a support group, you will
have a large source of emotional support on hand whenever you need it, and that
support will come from others who have gone through the same things you are
experiencing.
4.      
Speak to your doctor. By speaking to your
doctor, or your parent’s doctor, you will often find they know many community
resources that can help you care for your aging parents. Doctors who specialize
in geriatric care will have the most information and resources for you about
available community services, but even family practitioners are often very well
connected within the community, and they may have some excellent contacts for you
to get started with.
5.      
Ask friends and other family members. If you
have a large network of friends and family members nearby, they may know about
resources in your community too. Friends, particularly, who have started caring
for their own elderly parents, may be looking for or have already found
community resources for their own needs and they’re more willing to help you as
well. If you and a friend can split the work of finding community resources and
share them with each other regularly.

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Medication Tips for the Caregiver

The average senior takes two to seven medications daily. As
we age our bodies change, affecting the way medications and foods are absorbed,
distributed, metabolized, and excreted.
All of these can create a greater risk of drug interactions
and side effects. The more medications the care-receiver takes daily, the
easier it is to lose track of how many to take and when they should be taken.
Caregivers should use a medication organizer for their care-receiver.
Consider these tips:
        1.      
Make sure all of the care-receiver’s doctors and
specialists are aware of what the other is prescribing.
        2.      
Make sure you understand how and when the
care-receiver is to take all of the medications.
        3.      
Select over-the-counter products to treat only
symptoms you have. Follow-up with the pharmacist to make sure there will not be
a reaction with other medications you are taking.
        4.      
Make sure all medications are clearly labeled.
        5.      
Keep medications in their original containers.
        6.      
Never take medication in the dark or in poor
lighting.
        7.      
Know what your medications look like. If it does
not look right or same, contact the pharmacist before taking.
        8.      
Only take the amount prescribed for you.
        9.      
Never take someone else’s medication.
        10.  
Follow the directions on the container. Do not
stop taking medications just because you feel better.
        11.  
Use a medication organizer.
        12.  
Don’t store medications in sunlight or direct
heat.
        13.  
Never store medications in the bathroom. There
is too much moisture.
        14.  
Use whatever means you can to help your loved
one take medication properly.
        15.  
Don’t carry medicines next to your body. That can
raise the temperature and cause some medications to break down.
        16.  
Always get your prescription filled on time so
you don’t run out. Missing even one day can make a difference in the
effectiveness of many medications.
        17.  
Use one pharmacy for all of your medicines. This
will help ensure that you don’t take conflicting medications.
        18.  
If you have any questions about your pills, make
sure you ask your doctor or pharmacist.
        19.  
Tell your doctor of you have any side effects.
        20.  
Be sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist of any
herbal supplements you are taking. Some herbal supplements can interact with
prescribed medications and cause them to be less effective.
        21.  
Know the names and doses of the medicines you
are taking.
        22.  
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
        23.  
Throw away any medicines that aren’t currently
prescribed to you.
        24.  
Ask your pharmacist’s advice before crushing or
splitting tablets. Some should only be swallowed    whole.
Did you know that drug misuse is one of the
top problems that doctors see in seniors? Did you know that about 320,000 questionable
prescriptions are written for seniors yearly?
Almost 40% if all drug reactions each year involve
seniors. Be responsible. If you have any medication questions be sure to ask
your pharmacist.
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Why You Should Keep Caregiving Records

Being a caregiver is often a complex role and can vary
widely depending on the needs of the care receiver/patient. In the beginning
you may only be providing a few services such as help with shopping,
transportation, and/or light housekeeping. As time goes on, additional care
becomes required until the senior becomes fully dependent on the caregiver.
This is a big responsibility that does not come with a specific job description
and the role you play as a caregiver will constantly be changing.
Because of this responsibility and ever changing demands, it
makes sense to keep daily caregiving records. Here are 7 reasons why keeping
caregiving records are beneficial to both the caregiver and care-receiver.
        1.      
Keeping daily records will allow you to monitor
the senior’s progress and continually reassess their needs. This makes it
easier for the caregiver to make adjustments and ensures overall better care.
        2.      
Documentation allows you to better inform the
senior’s doctors about changes in health and ultimately results in fewer office
visits and better responsiveness to medical needs.
        3.      
Caregiving can be stressful. By keeping
caregiving records you no longer have to worry about remembering everything. It
is a great way to get things out of your head so you can focus solely on the
care needed and not be worrying about something you may have forgotten.
        4.      
It keeps family members in the loop. You no
longer have to worry about forgetting to mention key details or changes in care
since everything is documented for loved ones to see.
        5.      
What if you’re sick? By having everything
written down you allow another caregiver to easily provide services until you
return. This ensures long term high quality care.
   
        6.      
Increases satisfaction of caregiver and receiver.
By writing daily notes you ensure that both the senior and caregiver are on the
same page. This allows either one to bring concerns up and opens the line of
communication further.
        7.      
It keeps all the records in one place. By having
a single notebook or folder, you no longer have to worry about information being
spread out. If you need to retrieve a piece of information about the senior or
their health, you know exactly where to look.
Once you begin keeping a daily record of your caregiving
services you will find that it leads to overall better care and satisfaction.
Just be sure to do this regularly and always have this on hand so you can make
notes whenever needed.
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Suggestions when Feeding your Elderly Loved Ones

Alleviate any diversions when eating, and be basic with your
meals:
  •  Use only utensils that are needed.
  •  Have cups with lids to avoid a mess if spilled.
  •  If possible, use bowls instead of plates.
  •  Provide food that can easily be eaten. Serve
    food that is already cut, cooled, and easily          recognizable to the person.

Caring for those with swallowing or chewing problems:
  •  Use simple spoken commands to help them realize
    when to swallow and when to chew.
  •  Do not serve food that breaks apart easily or
    foods that tend to be messy.
  • Serve food in small amounts, and make sure food
    is cut up so they can chew and swallow without much effort.
  • Allow them a moment to swallow and then prepare
    for their next bite.
  • Check to see that food is not too hot for them,
    and have it moistened if possible.

Caring for those who eat too much or too little:
  • Allow for healthy snacks throughout the day to
    offset eating at just mealtime.
  •  Ensure the person receives enough exercise to
    justify their food intake.
  •  Serve foods that the person likes best to keep
    up their appetite.
  •  Think about your style of cooking. Does it
    supply the proper nutrition and is it easy to digest?

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Caregiver Burnout and Dementia

Patients with
dementia can be among the most challenging types of patients to care for. Even a person with the best intentions can get frustrated when the patient acts out or
refuses to cooperate. Just remember, the behaviors a person with dementia shows
are parts of the disease and not aimed at you personally.
·        
Stay
calm and be understanding. Raising your voice or showing signs of frustration
will only make the situation worse.
  •          Be
    patient and flexible. If the patient refuses to get in the shower, maybe a good
    bed bath will work for today and he/she can shower tomorrow. 
  •          Do
    not argue or try to convince the person. The patient cannot reason and may not
    be able to understand what is obvious to you. 
  •          Respond
    to patient’s requests as long as no harm will come. If the patient insists on
    wearing his/her shirt backwards that may be the way she wears it today.
  •      Take
    a moment to re-charge. If you feel your frustration and anxiety rising, ensure
    the patient is safe and walk away and take a few deep breaths before you
    return. This may be a good break for the patient too.

Patients with
dementia are at higher risk of elder abuse than other seniors. Educate all
members of the family regarding some of the signs and symptoms of potential
abuse, neglect and caregiver burnout. Some possible examples of abuse and neglect
may be:
·        
New
cuts or bruises.
  •          The
    patient showing fear towards their family members or professional caregivers.
  •          Finding
    the patient wet or soiled often.
  •          Always
    finding the patient wearing the same soiled clothing.
  •          Little
    or no food in the home or lack of prescribed medications.

Do not
automatically jump to conclusions, but don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Caregiver burnout and distress is common in family members of patients with
dementia, especially as the disease progresses. Family members should not
judge, but should be there to provide support and relief when needed. Assist in
identifying community resources before they are needed. A medical social worker
can often help with this process. Dementia is often a misunderstood disorder.
Good communication between all family members can go a long way to provide the
best possible care for the patient. Educate all members of the family regarding
the challenges that they may encounter, Coordinate visits between family
members so that the patient is not overwhelmed by too many visitors at one
time. Help family members to understand that the patient’s behavior may vary
from one day to the next so that they understand the changes.
Providing
care for a patient with dementia can be difficult and challenging at times.
These patients require extra understanding and patience. As the incidence of
people with dementia rises in the United States, it is important that we
understand the disease and how to care for people with the disease.
Source:
www.seniorslist.com/inner.php?aid=4251

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Alzheimer’s and Communication

Communication plays a big part in maintaining a
healthy outlook, for yourself and for sufferers of the disease. As it ravages
the mind, the sufferer begins having difficulty communicating and may show
signs of one of the following:
  •          Difficulty
    finding the right words.
  •          Familiar
    words might be used repeatedly.
  •       The
    person’s train of thought frequently gets lost.
  •        Difficulty
    in organizing thoughts and words in a logical fashion.
  •      Gestures
    might come into play more often, in place of words.
  •      Due
    to frustration and anger at being misunderstood, curse words may become more
    prevalent in dialog.
You might be
asking yourself, “Where do I come in?” When communicating with an Alzheimer’s
patient, here are a few tips that will ease the process and make your
connections more fruitful.
·         
  • Eye
    contact is important. It shows the person that you are listening and that you
    care about what is being said.
  • Mutual
    understanding is important. It does a world of good to let the person know you
    are trying to help them and understand what they have to say.
  •  Discussions
    with an Alzheimer’s patient are sometimes rambling, disjointed things. That’s
    okay. Be careful not to interrupt, or argue with them.
  •  When
    words fail, ask the person to gesture to what it is they want or need. Often
    they will recognize something visually, even if they can’t articulate what it
    is.
  •  Speak
    simply and plainly. Use short, concise words.
  •  Feelings,
    rather than facts are often greater importance to an Alzheimer’s patient. Try not
    to rely on logic to sway them or get them to understand you.
  • Conversation
    can be slow. Take your time, repeat things as necessary and try to be patient
    enough to wait when they have trouble ordering their thoughts.

Living as an
Alzheimer’s patient or as a caregiver of one is never easy, but with these
helpful hints and compassion, understanding and love, you can help make this
period in their lives a more peaceful one.

Source:
www.seniorslist.com/php?aid=4595

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What is Caregiver Stress?

Caregiver
stress is the emotional strain of caregiving. Studies show that caregiving
takes a toll on physical and emotional health. Caregivers are more likely to
suffer from depression than their peers. Limited research suggests that
caregivers may also be more likely to have health problems like diabetes and
heart disease than non-caregivers.
Caring for
another person takes a lot of time, effort, and work. Plus, most caregivers
juggle caregiving with a full-time job and parenting. In the process, caregivers
put their own needs aside. Caregivers often report that it’s difficult to look
after their own health on terms of exercise, nutrition, and doctor’s visits. So,
caregivers often end up feeling angry, anxious, isolated, and sad.
Caregivers
for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia are particularly
vulnerable to burnout. Research shows that most dementia caregivers suffer from
depression and stress. Also, studies show that the more hours spent on
caregiving, the greater the risk of anxiety and depression.
Women caregivers
are particularly prone to feeling stress and overwhelmed Studies show that
female caregivers have more emotional and physical health problems,
employment-related problems, and financial strain then male caregivers. Other
research shows that people who care for their spouses are more prone to
caregiving-related stress than those who care for other family members.
It is
important to note that caring for another person can also create positive
emotional change. Aside from feeling stress, many caregivers say their role has
had many positive effects on their lives. For example, caregivers report that
caregiving has given them a sense of purpose and say that their caregiving role
makes them feel useful, capable and that they are making a difference in the
life of a loved one.

Source:
www.medicinnet.com/script/main.art.asp?articlekey=47882

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