Are you a caregiver for your widowed parent that does not live with you?
Are you a female between the ages of 49 and 69, married and employed?
If you said yes, you are one of almost 40 million Americans providing unpaid care to an adult. 60% of this 40 million caregivers are women; 40% are male caregivers.
You provide care and care-related tasks between 20 and 40 hours per week.
One in 10 caregivers is 75 years old or older.
You accepted this unpaid job in addition to your own job, caring for your children, managing your household for a couple of reasons: 1) out of love; 2) out of duty. Findings from a AARP report reflect that about 50% of caregivers said they had no choice in taking on their caregiving role.
Caregiver stress and its effects take a toll on your physical health, your emotional well-being, and family relationships. Caregiver burn-out is real. Caregivers, we are grateful for you. You have a right to look after yourselves. Call a professional, certified care manager that will help you on the path to better self-care.