There are currently over 75 million family caregivers who provide in-home care for a loved one and millions more searching for care solutions. By the year 2050, there will be over one million centenarians – individuals over the age of 100 – living in the United States and Canada. 1995 marked the first year in which more people died of chronic illness than of acute disease. There has been a steadily increasing need since that time for services, such as in-home care, that help in the management of living with chronic disease and successfully continuing to live at home while aging.
“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” – Rosalyn Carter
Family caregivers fill a vital role in the care team and ensure continuity of care. They are the most familiar with the care recipients’ medicine and treatment regimens and they understand best their dietary and exercise plans. However, family caregivers also have extremely high burnout rates with stress-related physical and emotional impacts. In fact, around 55% of family caregivers exhibit depressive symptoms. Not only does burnout have a negative impact on your health and well-being, but it also hinders your ability to provide the best possible care for your loved one.
In honor of these family caregivers, we are giving away FREE copies of our award-winning book, The Handbook of Live-In Care: A Guide for Caregivers (a $17.95 value). Download your free copy today. We have also created a Caregiver Burden Assessment to determine if you may be vulnerable to “burnout.”
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If you are one of the millions of family caregivers experiencing burnout, we suggest listening to our webinar featuring Dr. Jennifer Hoblyn, which explores the challenges that family caregivers face and provides practical tips that individuals can apply to improve their own health and quality of life. Dr. Hoblyn is a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and chief medical officer of eTherapi, an online therapy provider that connects adults to licensed therapists who provide counseling online. You can view the webinar here.
And for those of you who missed out on the first two webinars, we still have one more! The third installment of the CEU Webinar Series will be Tuesday, December 4th at 11 AM Pacific, 1 PM Central, on the topic of Cognitive and Sensory Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia. Like the previous two webinars, you will receive one FREE continuing education unit through the American Society on Aging when you listen and respond to a short survey. Register today at http://asaging.org/december-4-2012.