Nearly one-third of adults living in Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties are family caregivers who could be at risk for heart disease, diabetes, depression and various other physical and emotional maladies as a result of caregiver distress, a potentially dangerous condition brought on by the pressures of caring for a senior loved one.
Studies increasingly point to caregiving as a leading stressor for families. In fact, one U.S. study revealed that more than half (52.8%) of those caring for individuals with diseases including cancer or Alzheimer’s had scores indicating depression.*
In response to this growing issue, the local Home Instead Senior Care® office has launched a public awareness campaign, Family Caregiver Stress Relief, at FamilyCaregiverStressRelief.com, to help family caregivers determine if they are at risk for distress and to minimize problems before they escalate.