Navigation Links
Not All Caregivers Are Stressed and Depressed
Date:5/8/2009

Some discover satisfaction in challenging role, survey finds

FRIDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Though caring for a stroke survivor can be challenging, many family members doing just that say they experience little or no stress and actually find the task personally rewarding, U.S. researchers have found.

The study included 75 people who were caring for a family member who'd had a stroke eight to 12 months earlier. About 53 percent were caring for a spouse, 31 percent were looking after a child, and 16 percent were caregivers for another relative.

About 90 percent of the caregivers said the experience enabled them to appreciate life more, the study found. About 44 percent reported no strain, and 41 percent reported some strain.

The most stressful issues, the caregivers said, were the family member's problems with mood (depression, loneliness and anxiety) and memory, and the physical care, especially dressing and bowel control, that was needed.

The caregivers' average depression scores were well below scores typically reported in studies in which participants are recruited from clinical settings, according to the researchers, led by William E. Haley, a professor at the School of Aging Studies of the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Along with having an increased appreciation for life, the caregivers in the study reported a number of other benefits from the experience, including "feeling needed" and "developing a more positive attitude toward life."

The findings show that "even in the face of challenging caregiving roles, many families are resilient and find personal benefit and meaning from providing assistance to a loved one," Haley said in a news release from the American Heart Association.

The study appears in the current issue of the association's journal Stroke.

"Support for caregivers should include interventions to aid their coping with highly stressful mood, physical care and cognitive problems of stroke patients, but should also attend to perceived benefits of caregiving," Haley said.

More information

The Family Caregiver Alliance offers information and advice for caregivers.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, April 30, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Caregivers Reach Agreement on a Union Contract
2. UHW Announces: Antelope Valley Hospital Caregivers and Board Vote to Ratify First Union Contract With SEIU UHW-West
3. Counseling Boosts Alzheimers Caregivers Health
4. Chronic stress can steal years from caregivers lifetimes
5. Alzheimers Caregivers Get Sage Advice
6. Caregivers Demand County Honor Their Contract
7. Valley Health System Caregivers, Members of SEIU UHW, to Announce Endorsement of Measure G
8. Demonstration at Carlyle Group Offices Monday as Grassroots Caravan of Caregivers, Senior Advocates Arrives in D.C. to Speak Out for Improved Care, Staffing at Nations Largest Nursing Home Chain
9. Coalition of Caregivers Warns Congress of Danger to Oldest U.S. Seniors if Medicare Slashed
10. Care-ousel for Brain Tumor Patients: Doctors in the Hospital, Caregivers at Home
11. Caregivers benefit from cancer support programs, U-M study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Not All Caregivers Are Stressed and Depressed
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... launch of its 60-day free trial program for all of the company’s desktop ... offer a truly hassle free experience. , FlexiSpot’s unique desktop risers use an ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... ... The annual time frame to change Medicare health and prescription drug coverage, known ... Medicare beneficiaries who are looking to switch from their current plan to a Medicare ... during this period order for their new policy to go into effect in 2017. ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... With the number of pain management programs available ... must find the one that works for them. When an inventor from Suisun City, ... worked and decided to share it with others. , He developed a prototype for ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Dr. Raffi Hovsepian, a leading ... the 2016 “Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” for seven consecutive years. The ... education, experience, and professional associations. , One the most frequently honored surgeons ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Mediaplanet is proud to announce ... covers the innovative treatments, therapeutic technologies, and revolutionized nutrition that are helping patients ... life 6 years in the last 3 decades,” says Dr. Valentine Fuster, a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. , Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... critical care immunotherapy leader commercializing its European Union approved ... in critically-ill and cardiac surgery patients worldwide, announced that ... present at the 9th Annual LD Micro Main ... 8 th , 2016 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... LYME, Conn. , Dec. 1, 2016  Today, ... has announced the honor of being selected as winners ... include: Simpson Healthcare Executives Website at the PLATINUM level, ... Conversations Training Module at the GOLD Level, and our ... At Simpson Healthcare Executives, we are excited ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... YORK , December 2, 2016 ... of its past losses following Trump,s victory early in ... potential, and fund managers are now predicting an uptick ... at four equities to see how they have fared ... CLDX ), Amicus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: