What Your Score Means
16-30 = The Impacts of Caregiving are Starting to Take their Toll!
Caregiving does have its rewards. Spending time together can give new meaning to your relationship and your life. However, there is a tremendous amount of emotional and physical strain usually encountered with caring for a loved one. Today, according to studies by AARP, CDC and the American Academy of Geriatric Psychiatrists to name a few, 55% of all family caregivers report feeling overwhelmed. And, 39% suffer from financial strain. A whopping 71% have reported symptoms of depression. All of these effects tied to caregiving stress.
You are not alone! It’s time to find some additional support. Call upon family and friends for help and delegate. Join a support group. Bring your employer up-to-speed and see if there are programs you can tap into for flextime, leave, etc. Take care of yourself too! Make an appointment with your family doctor and keep up with your preventative exams. About friends, find one you can be totally honest with and vent!
While this is not a scientific test, it can help you see how well you are managing caregiver stress. We all cope differently. The gift of caring you are giving to your loved one is priceless. The important thing to remember is that there are many resources available to help you!
Resources and Support
If you need inspiration, affirmation or bite-sized information on caregiving check out our S2S Facebook Family Caregiver Community
If you’d like to connect with others who are on similar caregiver journeys, and could use some support, we have a PRIVATE Facebook forum that you may join.
Looking to find online resources available through National organizations, such as AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association? We’ve assembled a list of 18 organizations that provide resources for caregivers.
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