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How Stress Affects Caregiving – Perspectives of a Social Worker and Registered Nurse

A Caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need. The person receiving the care is usually elderly, disabled, or seriously ill. Caregivers help with grocery shopping, house cleaning, cooking, managing finances, medication administration, bathing, dressing, toileting and ...

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Health Benefits of Being Grateful

Despite challenging and difficult situations surrounding caregivers and consumers participating in Structured Family Caregiving, some of them seem to always appear joyful. On the surface it would appear that they would not have many reasons for this joy. Individuals needing ...

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Having a Heart to Heart About Caregiver Health: Recognizing the Risk of Heart Disease

Caregivers often feel guilty about prioritizing their own health. I know this because I actually was a caregiver who did not take care of herself. I neglected my health and saw the impact it had on my well-being. For eight months, I ignored my nausea and gall bladder pain, as I juggled working full-time, parenting, and caring for my husband who was battling cancer for four years. It became clear to me that I needed to take my health seriously when I was rushed to the emergency room for pancreatitis and to have my gall bladder removed. As part of my work supporting consumers, I always make sure to remind caregivers that they need to consider their own health. One serious health risk professional care teams can educate caregivers on is heart disease...

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