More than 65 million Americans provide care for a family member or loved one and according to the Mayo Clinic that number is on the rise. These unpaid caregivers can include those caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, an adult child caring for an aging parent, and even parents caring for a disabled child.
While the work of these caregivers can be rewarding, it can also take its toll in the form of stress and fatigue on the often overlooked care providers who can be prone to neglecting their own health and wellbeing. We’ll explore the signs and symptoms of caregiver stress, coping strategies for caregivers and where to turn to for help here in Southwest Florida.
Angel Duncan, M. A. -- Healthcare Liaison/Research Educator, Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida
Mary Freyre, RN, Health Education Specialist, Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center
Patrice Magrath, JD, Managing Member, Financial Officer, McKenney Home Care in Naples