Study: Heavy toll endured by ‘invisible’ unpaid caregivers

A study published yesterday in the JAMA Network medical journal seems to state the obvious. Family members and friends who step up to help elderly or disabled adults sacrifice their own well-being.
The study, one of very few conducted on unpaid caregivers, suggests caregivers who provide “substantial help” to stricken relatives often endure their own setbacks along the way.

Researchers say those involved in intensive caregiving for loved ones were about twice as likely to experience physical, financial and emotional difficulties as those less involved. In cases where caregivers also work and provide for their own families, caregivers are three times more likely to be less productive on the job due to the burden of related distractions and fatigue, according to the analysis.

– Digital Journal

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