Friday, November 29, 2013

Hope for caregivers... managing stress and responsibilities

Holidays increase stress for everyone, especially caregivers. A new APA study found that more than 6 out of 10 Americans report significantly more stress during the holidays, and most of these are women. (Here's the link.)

That said, there is hope! "Caregiving may help you live longer." That's the finding of a Johns Hopkins study, published in the latest Journal of Epidemiology, which found that family caregivers had an 18 percent reduced rate of death compared with noncaregivers. (Here's the link.) Researchers concluded that if highly stressful situations can be avoided or managed effectively, caregiving may actually offer some health benefits.

Yosaif August has written a book that offers help for
Yosaif August
is a life coach
caregivers, Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out. He is the founder of Yes To Life Coaching,

August shares six coaching tips to help resilient caregivers, and can discuss:
 -- How to transform your resistance to reaching out, and feel positive about it. 
-- 13 of the smartest and dumbest things to do when reaching out.
 -- How to ask for help and support without losing the family's privacy.
 --Where to find the best resources for caregivers.
 -- How to use "caresites" (free online forums for caregivers, friends, and family).

In the chat rooms, where I go to support caregivers, many are discouraged by living a distance away; Canadian Virtual Hospice, as well as Aging Care Caregiver Forum (USA), are places to go.

 August outlines several resources where we can co-ordinate care, from afar, and finding solutions to the dilemmas that plague some caregivers. Caregiver stress, as many will attest, may be confounded by circumstances they may not have chosen, but this book will help you determine your strengths, weaknesses, and formulate strategies for sorting yourself out. One of the best ideas from his book, are caresites where you can create blogs or pages to find support.

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