An estimated 44 million men and women are caring for ill or elderly family members. It’s not an easy job, nor always a rewarding one, and its challenges can have a ripple effect on other parts of a caregiver’s life: health, career, and family.
If you are a caregiver, it is important that you take care of yourself, and to remember that you are not alone on this journey; there are numerous community resources available to help you.
Community resource groups such as Senior Resources of Guilford or Senior Services in Winston Salem can provide you with information, assistance, education, training, and help you arrange supplemental services to help improve your situation. Be sure to reach out to these groups. You are not alone!
Caregiving by the Numbers:
60% of caregivers are female
Average Age is 49
Average time as a caregiver: 4 years
Average hours spent caregiving: 24.4
Percent who say their own health has declined: 22%
This article courtesy of Senior Resources of Guilford