Day in and day out, more than 65 million family caregivers in this country provide care for family and friends in need. Caregivers tend to be selfless, and expect a lot of themselves without recognizing their own need for self-care. Studies have found that caregivers have higher levels of depression and stress than non-caregivers. Sometimes caregivers are so committed to helping others that they forget to take care of themselves. They fail to recognize that if they drive themselves to exhaustion or sickness, they may not be able to help at all.
"November is National Family Caregivers Month and offers us this opportunity to raise awareness of family caregiver issues, celebrate the efforts of family caregivers, and increase support for family caregivers," said Debbie Kennedy, RN and Program Manager for Senior Life Solutions.
Studies have found that caregivers have higher levels of depression and stress than non-caregivers. Women caregivers are particularly at risk for increased stress, anxiety, exhaustion, depression, reduced immune response and poor physical health. The more time spent care giving the greater the risk. Sometimes caregivers are so committed to helping others that they forget to take care of themselves.
In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, St. Luke's Hospital and Senior Life Solutions are hosting a FREE, 12-week session for caregivers. Each month will offer a different topic for caregivers. The meetings will be held at Senior Life Solutions, located at 48 Hospital Drive, Suite B, in Columbus.
To learn more, join Senior Life Solutions professional staff, for a free health talk, "Stress Management and Coping Exercises for the Caregiver" on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m.
This is a FREE health talk, but spaces are limited. Please call 828-894-0972 to register. Light refreshments will be served.
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