May 16, 2013
Sometimes the responsibilities of caring for a family member can go beyond just “stressing you out,” and instead can put you at risk for developing long-term health issues. When the pressures of caregiving build up, a family caregiver can move from just being stressed to actually suffering from “distress.”
“Stressors include too many caregiver demands, not enough help caring for a loved one, feeling alone, financial problems, and work loss. These all can lead to caregiver distress and burden,” says Dr. Peter Vitaliano, a professor at the University of Washington.
Some risk factors for developing caregiver distress include:
- Being a woman caregiver
- Suffering from a chronic illness
- Caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease
- Lacking coping skills
- Having difficulty solving problems
- Lacking adequate resources
- Being uncomfortable asking for help
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