December 13, 2010
Family caregivers are feeling the heat in the kitchen in more ways than one. Home Instead Senior Care® research reveals that caring for an older person who has three or more nutritional risk factors is tied to increased stress levels.
Of the caregivers who rated their lives as extremely stressful, 67 percent in the U.S. and 63 percent in Canada were caring for loved ones with three or more nutritional risk factors compared with 33 percent of caregivers in the U.S. and 37 percent in Canada whose seniors had fewer than three nutritional risk factors.
Adult children caring for an older adult reported the top three nutritional risks as:
- Three or more prescribed or over-the-counter drugs per day.
- An illness or condition that made the senior change his or her diet.
- Having lost or gained more than 10 pounds in the past six months without trying.
Getting organized and knowing where to go for help are the best ways for family caregivers to alleviate the stress.
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