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New program to help people caring for family members

By Tarah Taylor
Published On: May 22 2013 06:28:49 AM CDT
Updated On: May 22 2013 04:53:09 PM CDT

Did you know nearly one-third of adults in the Tri-Cities are family caregivers? 

According to Home Instead Senior Care, studies are showing caregiving as the leading stressor for families. They tell us one study revealed more than half of those caring for family members with diseases, including cancer or Alzheimer's, often had depression.  

In response, the company is launching an awareness campaign and tools to help those of you helping a loved one.

At their website, FamilyCaregiverStressRelief.com, you can take a test to assess if you are at risk for other problems. "So many spouses and adult children are unaware of their potential risk of caregiver distress because they don't see themselves as caregivers," said Richard Regen, a local Home Instead Senior Care owner in the Tri-Cities area. "These new resources enable them to understand their role, the stresses they may face as a caregiver, and how that stress might lead to more serious health effects." 

A recent Home Instead Senior Care study discovered that caregivers are prone to hiding their emotions and, as a result, their health suffers. Approximately 74 percent of caregivers who hide their feelings report fatigue, 53 percent report difficulty sleeping, 37 percent report depression, and 30 percent report weight gain or loss.