Caregiving is both an individual and universal experience and approximately 85 percent of caregivers are assisting a family member. Read the article, "Caregivers need to learn to bend without breaking."
Caregiver burnout has serious consequences. Ultimately, an impaired caregiver is of less help to themselves as well as their family member.
“There is evidence that caregivers may be at increased risk of heart disease,” says Dr. Michael Chun, neurologist at The Everett Clinic.
In addition to the normal stresses, many caregivers are themselves elderly and dealing with health issues. He encourages these caregivers to make time to see their own physician.
Justine Colombo, a oncology social worker with The Providence Regional Cancer Partnership, also mentioned, “The overwhelming stress can also cause mental and emotional exhaustion, which can lead to depression and anxiety." To handle the pressure she adds, “It's important to talk to people who know firsthand what you're going through and can validate what you're feeling.”