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Caregiver Concerns

Surveys show that over 44 million adults are caring for a friend or family member over the age of 18 and there are over 6.7 million children being raised by a relative. We can help you to develop solutions to cope actively with many of the challenges that families experience. Together, we can discuss what goals you want to accomplish and create “step by step” strategies to help you get there. We are here no matter how big or small the challenge and by contacting us, you are “one step” closer to meeting your goal.

Caring for a family member or children of kin can be a very rewarding experience and helps promote the health, safety, and security that we wish to share with those in need of support. Today, caregiving activities include parenting in a new family arrangement due to marriage, divorce, or taking on the care of the children of kin. New family caregiving roles can suddenly emerge with the diagnosis of a child with a chronic disease, development delay, or Autism, in addition to either the death of a loved one, decline in health, onset of mental health or substance abuse problems of a family member.  

The statistics below show the impact that caring for others can have on the health and well-being of the caregiver. Caring for a family member can effect your:

  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health
  • Family and Marital relationships
  • Finances
  • Work life

If you are experiencing any changes in these are as please contact our trained professional team at 813-433-1987.

Impact on Family Caregiver's Health

23% of family caregivers caring for loved ones for 5 years or more report their health is fair or poor.
Caregiving in the United States;
National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009

Stress of family caregiving for persons with dementia has been shown to impact a person's immune system for up to three years after their caregiving ends thus increasing their chances of developing a chronic illness themselves.
Drs. Janice-Kiecolt Glaser and Ronald Glaser,
"Chronic stress and age-related increases in the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6."
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 30, 2003.

Nearly three quarters (72%) of family caregivers report not going to the doctor as often as they should and 55% say they skip doctor appointments for themselves. 63% of caregivers report having poor eating habits than non-caregivers and 58% indicate worse exercise habits than before caregiving responsibilities.
Evercare Study of Caregivers in Decline: A Close-Up Look at Health Risks of Caring for a Loved One.
National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare. 2006.

20% of employed female caregivers over 50 years old report symptoms of depression compared to 8% of their non-caregiving peers.
MetLife Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Costs;
National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Mature Market Institute. February 2010

40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with approximately a quarter to half of these caregivers meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression.
Zarit, S. (2006). Assessment of Family Caregivers: A Research Perspective

More than 1 in 10 (11%) of family caregivers report that caregiving has caused their physical health to deteriorate.
How Do Family Caregivers Fare? A Closer Look at their Experiences. Center on Aging Society. 2005.

Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely. This level of stress can take as much as 10 years off a family caregiver's life.
Elissa S. Epel, Dept of Psychiatry, Univ of Calif, SF, et al,
From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dec 7, 2004, Vol 101, No. 49.

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