This Healthinaging article on Caregiver Health: Basic Facts & Information, discusses the various ways that caregivers provide care, including caring for a spouse with health issues, a child with special needs, or a parent with dementia. Although many caregivers experience positive benefits from caregiving, most caregivers experience stress and are at higher risk for a variety of health issues, such as increased illness, chronic stress, and an inability to meet personal and emotional needs. Some of the signs that a caregiver is stressed and in need of help may include exhaustion, insomnia, depression and self-neglect. As a caregiver, it’s important to engage others in providing care, to seek help, and to take time for self care.
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