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Caregiver Stress Can Lead to Caregiver Distress

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May 16, 2013

We’ve all heard about the additional stress that comes from being a family caregiver. This entire website is dedicated to just that topic. But, recently, some doctors and researchers are saying it’s more than just stress—it’s distress.

“It’s the caregiver stressors that lead to the real problem of caregiver distress,” says University of Washington Professor Dr. Peter Vitaliano.

Caregiver distress can manifest itself by increasing your risks of other health complications. According to a 2010 study by Met Life Mature Market Institute, employees who provide senior care are more likely to report suffering from depression, diabetes, hypertension, or pulmonary disease.

To learn more about caregiver distress, download these PDFs.

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Caregivers who feel that their caregiving is impacting their health are encouraged to consult with their health care provider.



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