Concern: Caregivers & Heart Disease Co-relation

6 Feb

Programs like EmpoweredLiving were created so as to reduce caregiver anxiety and stress. Now with research published, it seems that caregivers are more likely to suffer from heart disease and stress.

In their roles assisting in the daily lives of elderly family members—which can include feeding, bathing, dressing and chauffeuring on errands and doctor’s appointments—caregivers often experience a considerable amount of stress that can have a negative impact on their own well-being. Studies show that caregivers are at risk for emotional and physical health problems, including an increased risk of heart disease. Caregivers in general are more likely to experience increased stress than non-caregivers, particularly those who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.

An alarming figure: Caregivers have a 60 percent higher mortality risk than their peers and are more likely to have less effective immune systems resulting in more illnesses, fatigue, and a lowered stress threshold.

If you’re a Caregiver, this article is a must-read about key facts of caregivers and heart disease: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1048935#ixzz2K8gNfahJ

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