Caregiving & Older Adults
CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS – ELDERLY PARTNERS, PARENTS, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES
Sometimes life demands that we have to care for those we love on an extended basis. Caregiving is often work done by close family members, in order to make it possible for spouses and parents to stay longer at home. However, it can be very painful and trying and can lead to physical and mental exhaustion There is a great meaning in having the ability to help a loved one, but sometimes there are certain health risks when doing it for a long period of time.
- 80% of caregivers say they feel a great deal of stress.
- 50% have clinically significant depression.
- Anxiety is higher in caregivers than non-caregivers.
- Caregivers have more physical health problems.
- Strained caregiver spouses are at increased risk of dying.
- Caregivers have poorer immune system function and slower healing of wounds.
- Caregivers experience more colds and other viral illnesses.
Caregivers can as well go through financial instability due to expenses, not accepting promotions, and working less from continuous care for their loved one. Caregiving can eventually come with certain risks for certain individuals. If certain symptoms are experienced, then seeking help will allow you to fully evaluate and resolve your situation.
- Feeling sad, down, depressed or hopeless
- Loss of energy
- Lack interest in things that used to give you pleasure
- Feeling resentful toward the older adult in your care
- Feeling that people ask more of you than they should
- Feeling like caregiving has affected family relationships in a negative way
- Being upset by other family members who don’t help and criticize your care
- Becoming upset by arguments with others about your situation
Where does one find the strength to be both there for someone as well as there for oneself? Together, we will find the right balance so that you can be loved, nourished, and up for the demands of the task.