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Family Care Giving Information

Most of us know someone who has been a family caregiver or maybe we’ve even been a family caregiver. A caregiver is anyone who provides basic assistance and care for someone who is sick, disabled, living with a chronic disease or experiencing the impact of aging. Caregivers provide a variety of different tasks depending upon what the needs are. They can include basic activities of daily living like taking someone to the doctor or helping someone with dementia. In most instances, the individuals performing these tasks don’t think of themselves as caregivers. They are just doing what is expected of them.

Families are the major provider of care giving. While care giving can be a wonderful experience, research has shown that care giving imposes a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. Many caregivers who work and provide care experience conflicts between these responsibilities. It is estimated that twenty two percent of caregivers are assisting two individuals, while eight percent are caring for three or more. Many caregivers are over age 50, making them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health, and they often describe their own health as fair to poor.

Elder Care Videos

With so many things to think about, it can be difficult to stay sane and organized throughout the caregiving process. Caregiving can be an overwhelming challenge to undertake. Just remember you are not alone – in fact there are millions of others in your same position.

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Family Care Giving Facts

Family members, friends and neighbors make up the vast caregiver population in the U.S. - a group that is estimated to number about 65 million people, or 29 percent of the adult population, according to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA).

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Important Information for Seniors

During the past three decades, Marion Somers, Ph.D., (Doctor Marion) has provided care for more than 2,000 elderly clients while she owned and operated a thriving Geriatric Care Management practice.

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Starting the Conversation

Meeting the needs of a loved one who is sick or injured is a lot of responsibility to put on one person. In fact, caregivers who try to do it all by themselves are more likely to suffer from caregiver stress and depression.

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The Down & Out Care Giver

Despite the many rewards of caregiving, it is no secret that it can be stressful both emotionally and physically for the person providing care.

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Taking Care Of Yourself as a Family Caregiver

Meeting the needs of a loved one who is sick or injured is a lot of responsibility to put on one person. In fact, caregivers who try to do it all by themselves are more likely to suffer from caregiver stress and depression.

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