What Your Score Means
31-45 = The Stress of Caregiving is Seriously Burning You Out!
While caregiving does have its rewards, you seem to be burning out. You know first-hand there’s a tremendous amount of emotional and physical strain associated 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, but the impacts of stress are becoming serious and it’s time to take action. Why? Well, the effects of caregiving stress can put you at risk for:
- Health Problems – High blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol, and heart disease
- Depression and Anxiety – Women caregivers are likely than men to suffer from the symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Weakened Immune System – You may spend more days sick with the cold or flu. A compromised immune system also places you at higher risk for developing chronic illnesses.
Make finding support and taking care of your health a priority!
Find 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.
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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