Caregivers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, life stages, experiences and cultural backgrounds. They provide care for family members, partners or friends with a variety of conditions including advanced age, disability, dementia and chronic or terminal illness.
Caregiving has its benefits. It builds strong relationships between caregivers and those receiving care, it is a way of giving to loved ones and others, it makes caregivers feel needed and good about themselves, and it brings a deeper appreciation of time, relationships, simple joys and facets of life often taken for granted. However, research points out a correlation between caregiving and stress, poor health and reduced immunity. In addition, caregivers are also at risk for depression, premature aging and higher mortality rates. Read More→