Caregivers

Caregiver Stress Has Many Faces

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Who Are The Caregivers? At present, approximately 18% of the U.S. adult population or 43.5 million people will spend an average of 20 hours a week being a caregiver (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015). A caregiver is defined as someone who provides unpaid care to an adult or child with a chronic illness or disability.  Caregivers are diverse: they come from every age, gender, socioeconomic, and racial/ethnic group. Adult children often attend to their elderly parents with health problems or age-related disabilities while raising their own children....

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Stress, Routines, and the Holidays

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Minimizing the Time for Argument and Fuss As their world is structured for them, younger children learn to trust that their caregivers are in control and therefore will keep them safe. This sense of safety empowers them to freely explore their world, which is necessary for development and autonomy. During more challenging times of the day, like getting ready in the morning, or during meals, baths and bedtime, it can be particularly helpful to establish a routine so that expected activities leave less room for argument and fuss.  Also, since toddlers and younger children do not yet fully have...

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Caregivers

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Who Are The Caregivers? At present, approximately 18% of the U.S. adult population or 43.5 million people will spend an average of 20 hours a week being a caregiver (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015). A caregiver is defined as someone who provides unpaid care to an adult or child with a chronic illness or disability.  Caregivers are diverse: they come from every age, gender, socioeconomic, and racial/ethnic group. Adult children often attend to their elderly parents with health problems or age-related disabilities while raising their own children....

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