ElderCarelink Blog

Middle-aged women not expected to outlive male counterparts

by Carol Bursack
July 28th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

We’ve read the statistics repeatedly. Stress shortens life. Caregivers are generally stressed by the many demands, both emotional and physical, on their time and energy. Many are of the sandwich generation–defined as caregivers for both the young and the aged. Several studies have found that 30 percent of caregivers will die before the people they care for. This is not just true of older caregivers. All ages are at risk since stress levels, combined with self-neglect because of time constraints and exhaustion, can lead to undetected cancers, depression, auto-immune diseases, high blood pressure and other health risks.

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Caring For Elder and Yourself

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
August 18th, 2010 at 11:39 am

If you’ve been an airline passenger, you’ve heard the message on every commercial flight. Prior to take-off, flight attendants instruct passengers to first put your oxygen mask on before assisting others. If you are a caregiver, you may be familiar with the airline industry example in caregiving support circles.

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