Caregiver Stress Pearland TX
Maybe you don’t see it. Maybe, as a caregiver looking after an elderly family member, you just don’t realize what’s going on. It’s a crisis. It’s actually a silent crisis and millions of family caregivers all across the country are dealing with it daily.
This crisis involves caregiver stress.
Stress affects health.
That’s right. Even though stress seems to be a part of everyday life, even more so today than in decades past, and although people have come to accept it as just the price we pay in life, it’s affecting health negatively.
Stress is basically the body’s reaction to certain stimuli that is perceived as a threat. The threat may not be physical, but the brain doesn’t differentiate between a perceived threat, such as with finances, and a direct physical threat, such as an attack from a thief.
When the brain gets a particular stimuli regarding some type of threat against the body, it increases the production of adrenaline, which prepares the body for fight or flight. This instinctual reaction can take a serious toll on the body over time.
The human body was not designed to be able to withstand constant adrenaline coursing through its veins. A person may grow accustomed to stress, but it will affect their health in many ways. It can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. It can reduce mental focus, increasing memory difficulties, and even lead to a shorter temper.
A person dealing with a tremendous amount of stress on a daily basis could feel tightness in their chest, headaches, nausea, and more physical symptoms.
Why is this a silent crisis?
It’s considered a silent crisis because many of these family caregivers all across the country don’t directly associate the stress they experience or feel with the support their giving a family member. For example, taking care of an elderly mother may seem like a person’s responsibility. How could that possibly be stressful?
After all that woman did it for that person, wouldn’t it stand to reason that this adult child should be enthusiastic in taking care of her?
That may seem reasonable on the surface, but we all have responsibilities in life. When we suddenly give up all free time, maybe even time we generally dedicate to work, taking care of our own family, or keeping up with our house, we worry about things we’re neglecting. That’s stress.
By continuing on this road, the stress of being a caregiver will build. It will affect health. It will affect relationships. And, it may very well affect a person’s career.
The best way to alleviate some of this stress is to hire a home care aide to help out.
If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in League City TX, please call and talk to the caring staff at Serenity Gardens at Dickinson: (832) 315-3219 or Friendswood: (832) 895-3448.
Assisted Living Specializing in Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Serving League City, Webster/Clear Lake, Friendswood, Dickinson, Galveston, Kemah, Houston, Texas City, Santa Fe, La Marque.
Our home is designed with the purpose of offering a “homelike environment” to sixteen residents. Services are provided in a warm, friendly and comfortable homelike environment. Delicious meals, adult oriented activities, laughter of children and stimulating outings round out the living experience at Serenity Gardens.
Our home offers a beautiful courtyard where residents are free to wander around the grounds within the secure perimeter.
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