According to estimates from the National Alliance for Caregiving, during the past year, 43.5 million Americans, young and old, are family caregivers for relatives or friends who may be ill, disabled or frail. They provide care for both children and adults. The network of family caregivers encompasses a diverse group of individuals spanning various ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender, education, income and occupation. Family caregivers experience both stress and disruption of their own well-being and social activities when caring for a loved one. As a caregiver, it is important that you take the time to consider your own well-being and take care of yourself too. The American Psychological Association (APA) encourages caregivers to step back and take a moment to consider if the stress is manageable or if you are feeling an excessive amount of psychological or physical strain, worsening health problems or feeling overburdened. In either case, or particularly if the stress of caregiving is becoming too big of a burden, there are ways to help take better care of yourself.
These web pages will equip you with information and resources to help:
For more information and support, please see: https://news.nnlm.gov/bhic/a8vr