Caring for the Caregiver

Regularly taking care of others can become very stressful and may manifest in the following ways:

  • Anger
  • Denial
  • Isolation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Sleeplessness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Physical illness
  • Financial problems
  • Loss of employment
  • Elder abuse

As a caregiver, you can reduce your stress by seeking formal support services in your area. This might include adult day care, home-delivered meals, homemaker services, home health care and respite services. You can also benefit from other stress relievers such as having a healthy diet, eliminating unhealthy habits and making time for yourself.