If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you know the drill. Should the cabin pressure drop, put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on your child. You can’t care for someone else if you are out of air.
But when you’re caring for your spouse, parents or in-laws, it can be hard to catch your breath.
Caregiving strains the body mentally and physically. Multiple studies have shown that caregivers report higher levels of depression or other mental health problems that their peers who aren’t caregivers. Other research has shown that caregivers have an increased risk of heart disease and suffer an increase rate of physical problems (such as acid reflux, headaches and obesity).
November is Family Caregivers Month, so we recognize your dedication while encouraging you to take care of yourselves. ElderServe offers both free and paid programming that you might find useful.
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