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Caring For Yourself While Caring For Others

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You're at work. The phone rings. Caller ID shows it's your mom. You sigh. Shake your head and wish the call would just go away. You think, "I was just there. What does she need now? How am I possibly going to get my work done?"

Most caregivers have other important and pressing responsibilities, so the added responsibility of caring for a senior loved one is likely to cause both emotional and physical stress on the caregiver. In fact, according to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care, 31% of family caregivers admit they'd like more help.

The first step in dealing with caregiver stress is to recognize the physical signs.

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Employer Programs: How to Balance Work and At-Home Care (4 of 5)

In this video "Employer Programs," Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care talks about some employer-offered programs and alternative work options that might give you more time for your care giving responsibilities.  

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Taking Care of Yourself: How to Balance Work and At-Home Care (5 of 5)

"Taking Care of Yourself" offers busy family caregivers advice on how to unwind and cope with the many responsibilities on their shoulders.

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The Emotions of Caregiving

Family members share their stories about how they became caregivers for their loved ones, and the stresses it can put on their lives, families, emotions, and physical well-being.

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Emotional Aspects of Caregiving (1 of 4)

Individuals caring for a senior parent or other older family member experience a wide range of emotions on their family care giving journey. But really are no good or bad emotions, there are just emotions.

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Emotional Ups & Downs of Family Caregiving: Emotional Aspects of Caregiving (2 of 4)

Dr. Amy D'Aprix, a care giving expert says that experiencing mixed emotions is normal. Caregiving is similar to other life events such as marriage and children that can also bring conflicting feelings.

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The Tolls of Buried Emotions: Emotional Aspects of Cargiving (3 of 4)

Many caregivers struggle with difficult emotions such as anger, resentment and frustration. Instead of finding outlets for these feelings, some family caregivers hide or bury these difficult emotions.

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Coping with Emotions: Emotional Aspects of Caregiving (4 of 4)

How you cope with caregiving emotions can have positive and negative effects in your life.

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How to Balance Work and At Home Care - Family Caregiver Webinar

Dr. Amy D'Aprix hosts a webinar on how caregivers can achieve work/life balance. When the ratio between work and life is not balanced correctly, the increased stress can lead to caregiver illness, missed work days, reduction in pay, and even the inability to be a good caregiver.

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