Posted on Jan 29, 2013
According to Seniors Digest, caregiving is one of the most stressful jobs in America, and for many, it is not their only job. The number of adults taking care of family members or friends increases daily, and the majority of these caregivers are not providing care for compensation.
Let’s take a look at some caregiver facts across the US (Information source – www.caregiver.org)
Extent of Family Caregiving
- 65.7 million Americans (29% of the US adult population) are providing care to someone who is ill, disabled, or aged
- 52 million caregivers provide care to adults (aged 18+) with a disability or illness
- 43.5 million Americans care for someone 50 years of age or older
- 14.9 million care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia
- Caregivers of adults are now older, on average, than were their counterparts in 2004. Their average age now 49.2 years, compared to 46.4 in 2004
- Unpaid family caregivers will likely continue to be the largest source of long-term care services in the US
With these increasing numbers, caregiver burnout is at a higher risk than ever. Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. It can occur when home care providers don't get the help they need or if they try to do more than they are able to do.
Do you have caregiver burnout? Are you:
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and other loved ones?
- Feeling blue?
- Experiencing changes in sleeping patterns?
- Feeling like you want to hurt yourself or the person you are caring for?
- Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy?
- Seeing changes in your appetite, weight, or both?
- Getting sick more often?
- Emotionally or physically exhausted?
Senior Helpers is here to help relieve the stress and burdens of being a caregiver. Our services provide the break you need for your mental and physical health. Learn more about our services here!
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