PRACTICAL TIPS FOR CAREGIVING
Kendra Micka, MSW, ACSW
Del Oro Caregivers Resource Center
A POPULATION AT RISK
63% of caregivers 60 years and older have a higher mortality rate than their non-caregiving counterparts.
Between 40 and 70% of caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression.
More than 22% of caregivers are exhausted when they go to bed at night (if they go to bed at all!)
Caregivers are at increased risk for heart disease.
Caregivers who experience chronic stress are at greater risk for cognitive decline themselves.
Later onset depression is one of the newest risk factors for Alzheimer's disease!
THREE BASIC BELIEFS
When you take care of yourself, the person you care for will also benefit.
You can "thrive," not just "survive" as caregivers.
You are not alone!