Across the United States, nearly one in five Americans are providing unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs. This study reveals that family caregivers are in worse health compared to five years ago.
A growing number of these caregivers, a majority over the age of 50 themselves, say they are finding it difficult to take care of their own health. Studies show that caregivers have an increased risk of heart disease, lower levels of self-care, and a higher mortality rate.
If you’re the primary caregiver and don’t have additional support (or you have a relative who is a family caretaker) pay attention to red flags that the caregiver is stressed.
AARP shares a wealth of resources, including how to find a caregiver support group that’s right for you.
Caregiving can come in different forms. If you don’t live nearby, there are a number of ways you can support the caregiver from afar, like researching health problems or medicines, paying bills, or keeping family and friends updated.
Caregivers need care, too. Here are some essential self-care tips to protect yourself while caregiving.
And if you have a caregiver in your life, here are 7 simple ways to show them just how thankful you are for their help.
If you or a loved one need to talk to someone, call our support line at 844-YOU-OKAY. A trained counselor is waiting for your call. The call is free and confidential.