Support is key for family caregivers
Most family caregivers will tell you that they do what they have to do to care for their loved ones. This may include re-structuring their lives, cutting back work hours, giving up some (if not all) personal activities and hobbies, and possibly giving up their own homes or adapting them to house the loved one for whom they care.
But what many are reluctant to share is that they tend to neglect their own health and well-being during the caregiving process. There are 65.7 million caregivers in the United States today. In an AARP study on family caregivers’ health, up to 35% admitted their own health is fair to poor.
It’s not surprising that family caregivers put their loved ones’ needs first and foremost. Usually it’s that very nature that brings them to the caregiver role. But the question we pose to family caregivers is this: if you don’t take care of your own health, who will take care of your loved one when something happens to you?
Support is key. Surrounding oneself by a team to help is vital. Utilizing community resources is crucial. For help with a variety of caregiving concerns, check out our Community Support Groups or email our support group leaders:
Alzheimer’s caregiving support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brain Aneurysm support: email@example.com
Diabetes care and support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer support: email@example.com
Hospice and bereavement support: firstname.lastname@example.org