ElderCarelink Blog

5 tips for dealing with caregiver stress

by Judy Kirkwood
August 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am

When my sister was taking care of my father and mother, she always came through for them. But after the crisis was over and they were feeling better, her own health suffered. Being a family caregiver can be overwhelming. It is natural to feel angry, frustrated, and drained at times. Literally. But it can go beyond a bad day.

Did you know that stress signals the body to release adrenaline and cortisol, sending signals that may increase your heart rate, blood sugar, blood pressure and shut down your immune system so your body can function at a high alert level? This is why caregiving takes such a toll on the body. The spirit may be willing, but the body is susceptible to all sorts of other signals that conflict with giving optimum care.

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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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You Are a Caregiver and You’re Depressed

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
September 20th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

As I blog, I can almost hear the pharmaceutical company commercial on television. “Depression hurts….” is followed by a recommendation that any depressed television viewers “talk to your doctor” to determine whether the pharmaceutical company’s anti-depression prescription medicine will help.

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When Stress Becomes Too Much

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
September 10th, 2010 at 10:35 am

A recent conversation with a stranger makes me think about the effects stress has on individuals in our society. The stranger casually mentioned a high-profile name, a throat cancer diagnosis, and, speculated that the individual’s alleged heavy drinking and smoking directly contributed to advanced late-life cancer. I don’t know the details. I do know the long-standing medical correlation between smoking and excessive drinking and some chronic diseases, including some cancers.

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Get That Oxygen to Your Brain

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
August 25th, 2010 at 2:11 am

Exercise is one way to disperse some of the hormones that come with increased stress and it also promotes better sleeping habits. Exercise can benefit our physical health while improving the flow of oxygen to our brains. Our mental alertness can increase and, with improved ability to focus, comes some positive changes in our ability to recall information.

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