Across the U.S., over 54 million people, primarily women, are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older family members. These are the unsung heroes of today, supporting the elders we love.
While caregiving can be rewarding, research suggests that a caregiver’s health and overall well-being can be affected by the physical and emotional strain. As a caregiver, it’s important to find ways to make it less stressful.
Don’t do it alone
Take time out
Think carefully about how much care you can realistically provide without harming your health. Keep in mind that if you take on too much, you will eventually burn out or develop a serious health condition leaving you unable to care for anyone. Beware of the following signs and seek help if any of these persist.
Remember that while caregiving is tough, it can be a time to heal old wounds, end conflicts, improve relationships and serve a loved one. And with a little time, experience and help from others, you’ll get the hang of it.
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