“With high levels of responsibility and lack of support, research shows that caregivers are at risk of psychological and physical problems. According to the report, when compared with noncaregivers, family caregivers of older adults are more likely to experience depression, anxiety and social isolation, and have higher rates of chronic disease.” writes Heather Stringer (Feb. 2017 issue American Psychological Association publication Monitor on Psychology, pp.39-46). There are also important benefits, especially when the caregiver is able to find support. Read Ms. Stringer’s article here.
At CFU, Carol Core offers a class, Sanity Saving Tips for Nonpaid Family Caregivers. Find out how you can get support and find resources to make caregiving something than enhances your life, rather than diminishes it.