How to Keep Your Job While Caregiving

Posted by The Arbors on Feb 9, 2017 2:30:00 PM

You are not alone.

  • Approximately 40 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult during the last year.
  • Caregivers average 24.4 hours a week providing care to their loved one. 23% spend 41 hours or more providing care.
  • 40% of caregivers report a high “burden of care”. Burden of care describes the physical, emotional, social, mental and financial problems of caregivers.
  • 60% of caregivers have a job.
  • 70% of working caregivers suffer problems at work because of their dual roles.
  • 69% of working caregivers report they had to rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours, or take an unpaid leave to meet their caregiving responsibilities
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Topics: Mental health, Caregiving

10 Unusual Warning Signs of Depression

Posted by The Arbors on Jan 5, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you’re a caregiver, you’ve probably already heard how depression can cause obesity, anorexia, insomnia, memory loss, slow reaction times, and even suicide.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • lack of interest
  • significant decrease or increase in appetite
  • insomnia or hypersomnia
  • purposeless behaviors such as wringing hands, tapping fingers, pacing, etc.
  • fatigue or loss of energy
  • feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • diminished ability to concentrate or make decisions
  • recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
  • aches and pains
  • headaches
  • abdominal cramps
  • digestive issues

Click here to learn how to help your parent overcome depression.

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Topics: Mental health

Dealing with Caregiver Guilt

Posted by The Arbors on Oct 25, 2016 2:05:00 PM

Your parents raised you. They took care of you. They helped you when you needed help. But you can't do it. You can't take care of them the way you'd like to. They're becoming more frail. They're getting sick more often. You're worried that they might fall. And they can't keep up with home maintenance like they did when they were younger. Your lawn is not getting mowed because you're mowing the lawn at your parents' house.

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Topics: Mental health

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