Imagine this scenario for a moment.
Mary is a full time caregiver for her husband, who has had Alzheimer’s for two years. Its very hard work, but her husband is still well enough they can communicate effectively and she rarely feels beyond her capabilities. She has occasional help from her supportive family, and has every intention of being the primary caregiver for the duration.
Yet Mary has health problems of her own. She sleeps poorly, always aware of her husband’s potential needs. She takes a variety of medications to control her own heart condition. She tries to spend time with personal activities whenever possible; however she’s finding the occurrence is decreasing over time. Her stress levels are climbing, which is impacting her health. Her doctor has talked with her about stress reduction, yet she simply has no idea how to fit it all in, given her situation.
Unfortunately, this is a growing problem throughout the western world, as more people are faced with caregiving roles every day.
And in many cases, the scenario above plays out like this: [Read more…]