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Family Caregiver Distress Assessment Tool

Caring for an older adult can be among the most fulfilling experiences for any family caregiver. So many tasks bring pleasure as you give back to someone who may have given you so much. However, even as you lovingly provide support to a senior, you may have problems managing and balancing that support with your own busy life.

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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.

Are You A Caregiver?

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?

Caregiver Distress Risk Factors

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."

Caregiving Support Groups and Other Resources

Caregiving can be a lonely experience. Use this list of resources to find a local support group.

Caring for the Caregiver

Home Instead network research reveals that caregivers who hide their emotions are 2.3 times more likely than other caregivers to have experienced depression since becoming a caregiver.

Caregiver Stress Can Lead to Caregiver Distress

The pressures of providing senior care can cause long-term health complications for the care provider. The stress of caregiving can actually build up to cause caregiver distress.

Facing the Challenges of Being a Family Caregiver

Caregiving can be a very rewarding and bonding experience but it can also be very stressful. 31% of family caregivers admit they'd like more help, and 25% actually resent other family members who don't help out more.

Let’s Talk About Guilt and the Emotional Journey of Being a Caregiver

Learn about the five common sources of guilt as well as tips on where to focus your thoughts and energy to help eliminate feelings of guilt and take positive actions that can lead to reduced stress.

Mindfulness Exercises to Reduce Stress from the Inside Out

Even in the midst of hectic schedules or trying circumstances, mindfulness can help you to act and think more intentionally to find peace and acceptance in your present moment.

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