Health Center - Caregiving
More than 65 million people are providing care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged spouse, child, parent, relative or friend, and the majority of these caregivers are women. From caring for another to taking care of yourself, get the information and support you need to protect your well-being and the health of those you care about.
Keeping cats and dogs as caregiver companions has been shown to alleviate loneliness, lower blood pressure and even stave off depression.
Caregiving can take a toll on you physically, mentally and emotionally. It's important to know that what you are feeling as you tend to the needs of an aging loved one is completely normal.
It's never easy knowing when an elderly person needs more care. Here are some signs you can discuss with the person's health care provider to help with the decision.
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My father is a Vietnam War veteran. I've moved closer to him so we can do more things together, and I've noticed his health isn't as good as it was. I thought he was getting the health care he needs, but now I'm not so sure. He smokes a lot, and I'm worried about heart disease.
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