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FAMILY CAREGIVERS: THE ‘INVISIBLE WORKFORCE’

A recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health calls family and unpaid caregivers the “invisible workforce” of the health care system. Released in the Feb. 15 JAMA Internal Medicine,  the study examined how caregivers’ involvement in older adults’ health care activities relates to caregiving responsibilities, supportive services use, and caregiving-related effects.

Aging Life Care Professionals™ Help You Avoid the Pitfalls of Caregiving

by Jullie Gray, MSW, LICSW, CMC — Aging Life Care Association™ Member and Fellow of the Leadership Academy

In many cases the person taking care of a loved one is often a family member that is usually unpaid. Most of the time these family caregivers are also maintaining a full-time job and/or taking care of their own children in addition to taking on the responsibilities of caring for an aging adult. The author of this article goes on to talk about how this can affect family caregivers and what may come from this extra workload. She also includes some helpful tips on how to be aware of when you’re becoming too overworked or facing “burnout” as well as some resources on how to manage stress in this situation.

The full article is linked below:

Family Caregivers: the ‘Invisible Workforce’

 

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