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Are You at Risk for Caregiver Stress?

July 1, 2019

woman experiencing caregiver stressA caregiver is anyone who aids another person in need, such as a disabled spouse, ill child, or aging parent. However, family members caring for senior adults is becoming more common in the U.S., as baby boomers grow older. In fact, one out of every three adults in the United States provides care to an aging adult. Despite the large percentage of family members providing care, many don’t recognize their role as a caregiver, and even more are unable to recognize when they’re feeling stressed.  

Caregiver Stress is a Real Thing

Providing in-home care to an aging parent or other family member can be rewarding for many reasons. For most caregivers, being available when a loved one needs someone is an important part of providing care. However, having to balance work and life responsibilities with care-giving can cause high levels of physical and emotional stress. Signs of caregiver stress include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or sad
  • Feeling abandoned by others, such as family members or friends
  • Worrying often
  • Feeling tired
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Feeling irritated or angry
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Losing interest in activities you once e

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