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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Caregivers May Have Trouble Caring For Themselves

I am a devoted optimist, but looking over the statistics for "informal" caregivers, those brave and dedicated people who provide care for loved ones and family members, it's hard to make a case for optimism.

Why do I say this?

Consider:

--More than a third of caregivers provide ongoing, intensive care while suffering poor health themselves.

--About 30% of adult Americans, 65.7 million people, provide care to someone who is ill, elderly, and/or disabled

--66% of caregivers are female, and they are more likely than males to have made significant work sacrifices to perform caregiving roles

--70% of caregivers who are also working report having work-related difficulties due to their caregiving duties

--Caregivers over 50 who care for their parents account for a loss of $3 trillion in lost wages, pensions, benefits and retirement funds.

--More than half of African-American caregivers are in the "sandwich generation"--caring for older and younger people, or caring for more than one older person.

--Caregivers cross all ethnicities; 72% Caucasion, 13% African-American, 12% Hispanic and 2% Asian-American.

--Nearly half of caregivers surveyed in the Home Alone study stated that they provide medical or nursing care to their care receiver. 

--Eleven percent of family caregivers report their physical health has deteriorated due to caregiving.

Caregivers are more likely to suffer from depression and stress, lack of sleep, and lack of time to care for themselves too.

When I look at the advice given in magazines and online about self-care for caregivers, they usually include vague urgings about taking time for oneself, or making sure you get enough rest, or finding time to talk with a friend or take a walk.  But from the few instances of family caregiving I've experienced, it's easier said than done.

There are not only the physical time demands, the worry, the interrupted sleep--but there's also the constant sense of duty, empathy, responsibility to try to make a loved one's life easier.

Caregivers need solutions that work fast--that can be implemented in any situation--and ideally, that can be shared with their care recipients to make them feel better as well.

EFT tapping fits all these criteria.  It can be done in a moment, or if you have the time, it can be a more leisurely practice.  It can restore emotional balance quickly, and can help you maintain your sense of humor (very useful in caregiving situations!).  It can be shared and practiced with your care recipient, even if they have mental or physical deficits that would make other methods impractical.

If you're in Houston, come join me on April 27 to learn how to use tapping for self-care and for caregiving.  And if you're located elsewhere, email me to see about learning this technique over the phone or by Skype.  You'll be glad you took the time.

Statistics above are from the Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving.

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