Rest. Rest. Rest. If we repeat a word three times, it’s not magic. But the repetition helps us remember.
Are you caring for an aging parent, or possibly a spouse? All the more reason to repeat that word–rest–and actually put it into practice.
The statistics on caregiver burnout are frightening
- 40% to $70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression with approximately a quarter to half of these caregivers meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depression, according to Zant S. Assessment of Family Caregivers: A Research Perspective.
- Family caregivers experiencing extreme stress have been shown to age prematurely. The level of stress can take as much as 10 years off a caregiver’s life. From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dec. 7, 2004.