Published on: April 30, 2014
by Jessica Mador for Bring Me The News:
A recent small study of women who work full-time while caring for an elderly family member found a link between unpaid caregiving and depression.
The study at Case Western Reserve University, published in Women’s Health Issues, looked at the caregiving experiences of 46 middle aged women. Lead researcher Evanne Juratovac says they identified a clear link between workload and well-being.
“While several of the women reported overall good health, the severity of depression suggests that these caregivers’ mental health is in jeopardy,” Juratovac says.
The study points to a critical need for more research as the Baby Boomer generation ages longer and more elderly people are expected to need care.
Managing My caregiving
An estimated 42 percent of working Americans say they’ve provided care for an older family member within the past five years, according to AARP.
And 2009 numbers from the National alliance of Caregiving show that at least 36.5 million households – that’s more than three in ten U.S. households – report having at least one person working as an unpaid family caregiver.
More facts about caregiving:
– Most caregivers are are women.
– One- third care for two or more people.
– Alzheimer’s or dementia is the main problem for which caregivers’ loved ones need care.
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