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May 16, 2013

More than 44 million individuals in the U.S. and Canada are family caregivers. Yet few of these family caregivers identify themselves as such. Why? Because often the things that make you a caregiver just seem like natural things to do as a son, daughter, spouse, or friend.

Failing to recognize yourself as a caregiver can also cause you to fail to recognize the demands and responsibilities being placed on you, and the impacts that may be having on your health and welfare. Research conducted on behalf of the Home Instead Senior Care® network reveals that caregivers who hid their emotions are more likely to experience depression, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue.

In addition, people who don’t self-identify as caregivers may not realize the magnitude of what they do. According to AARP, in 2009, family caregivers provided over $450 billion worth of caregiving services. The responsibilities of caregiving can often add up in subtle yet impactful ways.

Use this quiz to see if you are actually a caregiver.

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  1. July 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Posted by Barbara Beckwith

    It isn't about the caregiver. It is about the person you take care of. So, I have been told more than a few times. Can't you do it yourself is another one that has been said to me. It is okay! I have big shoulders that have been reduced to nothing. Live goes on and people wonder why I am depressed.


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