07 Jun '16, 3pm

Most people don't realize they are #caregivers:

Is it true to say that many people don’t realize that they are caregivers? Yes, many say things like, “I’m not a caregiver; I’m his wife” or “After all that my mother has done for me, I’m just giving something back.” Most people who engage in caring for a family member, friend or neighbor do it because they see their loved one’s need. They have an inherent goodness and a desire to do something meaningful. They’re compassionate and just do helpful things without even thinking about it. So, who are caregivers? There are 65 million people in the United States who care for a family member, friend or neighbor who is ill, disabled, elderly, or a special needs child. These people are family caregivers. There’s a growing body of research data that more precisely describes them, what they do, and how caregiving activities impact their lives. Almost 30% of all adults in the US are c...

Full article: http://www.aamds.org/caregivers/advice

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