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It's no secret that being a caregiver is stressful. So what is the best way to reduce that stress?
A major philosophy of CarePond exists on the premise of caring for those who care for others. If you feel overwhelmed or isolated as a caregiver, you're not alone. We gathered thousands of data points submitted to us by other caregivers related to stress, their support networks and personal care.Here's what we found:
Oddly enough, even with a strong support network, 67% of caregivers surveyed found their stress levels unaffected. So what was the biggest stress reducer?
That's right. Take some time out of the day to do something you enjoy, be it with a loved one or yourself. Make it a priority, just like breakfast and lunch. Although at times it may be hard to come to terms with, caring for yourself is always a first priority, even when caring for someone you love.
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Robin Williams' passing. For many of us at CarePond, Mr. Williams was a wonderful part of our lives growing up as children. The warmth and happiness he brought to us emboldened our joy in good times, and served as a beacon in our times of struggle.
This week, we would like to dedicate CarePond to caregivers, friends and family who provide aid for those suffering from depression. Feel free to share your experiences, tips and stories in the Q&A section.
Our main focus at CarePond is relieving the burden caregiver's face on a daily basis. Here, we give some insight into the reasons many people join CarePond and how they best describe their feelings as a caregiver. The basic question we were looking to answer was:
To figure that out, we took a look at some of the anonymous data we've gathered:
Finally, we wanted to see how the leading emotions caregivers experience tie together with their reason for joining CarePond:
Our findings show that many caregivers who've joined support communities experience a great deal of frustration and stress. We also found that many of the feelings caregivers experience are aimed toward their care situation, rather than toward themselves (guilt, fear and isolation), or toward the person they care for (resentment or grief).
You're absolutely right in that there are many, many people experiencing exactly what you're feeling. You've come to the right place! You'll find that caregivers are a very supportive group. I encourage you to reach out to others and ask questions and share advice.
Just to show you how many caregivers there are, here are some recent caregivers stats:
From the Family Caregiver Alliance:
Approximately 65.7 million caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.
There are 52 million caregivers providing care to adults (aged 18+) with a disability or illness.
About 43.5 million of adult family caregivers care for someone 50+ years of age.
14.9 million care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
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