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Alleviate Caregiving Stress

Special to Seniors Today

While family caregiving can be rewarding, it can make life more stressful for those pro- viding the care.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this type of stress affects women more then men. Women caregivers tend to offer more assistance, such as managing physical needs.

Three out of four caregivers, men and women, report feeling strained emotionally, physically, or financially.
The stress involved can be worse for caregivers of the elderly, as it is hard to watch a parent lose cognitive abilities.

It’s not unusual for care-givers to develop health problems of their own. Part of the reason is that they are less likely to take good care of themselves due to time and money constraints imposed by caregiving. Caregivers may not have the time for regular checkups, may not fill a prescription due to cost, miss sleep, or forget to eat healthy meals.

It’s very important for caregivers to recognize their own limits. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Find out about caregiving resources in your community.
  • Don’t do it alone. Ask family members to do their share.
  • Simplify your life and reduce other sources of stress. Make “to do” lists.
  • Stay in touch with family and friends.
  • Join a support group.
  • Make time to get away and have fun.
  • Consider home care supportive services for extra help.

A home care professional can coordinate a patient’s plan of care under the direction of his or her doctor. A wide range of treatments and procedures that were once performed in a hospital can now be delivered at home. Trained clinicians teach individuals and their families self-management for chronic conditions or help with recovery from an illness or injury.

Supportive services from a home care company can help with bathing, preparing meals, shopping, companionship, transportation, and light housework.

Caregiver Support Line: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Calls received after hours or on weekend will be re-turned within 48 hours. 386.947.4652.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group: Meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Edgewater Rotary Club, Edgewater. They also meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Aberdeen, Ormond Beach. 386.677. 2921; 800.272.3900 or

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group: 386.761.1055; Flagler: 386.793.8414.
Alzheimer’s Support Group: 386.847. 2322 (New Smyrna); 800.272.3900 (Ormond Beach); 386.672.8800; 386.736. 1487 ( DeLand.)