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Jennifer Cares

Came across yet another study that should serve as a red flag for caregivers to make self-care a priority. Research shows caregivers of those who have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia are more like to visit the ER or to be hospitalized when depressed.
When it comes to Alzheimer’s in the US, about 75% of the care of the of the nearly 3-million people with Alzheimer’s who live at home or with family members are given care by volunteer family caaregivers. The daily stress of caregiving feeds into the reality that many of those people will end up visiting emergency departments or be admitted to the hospital.
These caregivers were also likely to suffer from more symptoms of depression.
Researchers say this study should fuel the idea that primary health care and collaborative programs need to include a focus on the caregiver’s needs as well as care to Alzheimer’s patients.
Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? Do you feel you’re getting enough support?
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