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Why Caregivers Need to Take Care

As the U.S. population ages, more and more families are faced with caring for an elderly, chronically ill, or disabled loved one. In fact, 22.9 million American households include caregivers, most of whom are women.

Caring for an ill or aging relative is hard work, often taking a physical, emotional and financial toll on caregivers. Robin Bromberg, LICSW, Social Services Leader at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, recommends the following tips for taking care of yourself while you take care of a loved one:

  • Join a support group to share ideas and learn new caregiving techniques.
  • Identify issues that create the most anxiety for you and discuss them with your family.
  • Consider hiring a private geriatric care manager to assist you.
  • Use stress management techniques to help you relax.
  • Ask your church or synagogue if they have services or volunteers who can help.
  • Watch for signs of depression and seek professional help, if needed.
  • Use adult day or respite care services for your loved one, so you can take a break.

Ms. Bromberg says Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116) and the National Family Caregiver Support Group (800-AGE-INFO) can provide information on how to access free advice and support on caregiving.

Above content provided by Hebrew SeniorLife in partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted July 2012

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Division of Gerontology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building #1B (West Campus)
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-8696

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Hebrew Senior Life
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
617-363-8000