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The Stress of Looking After an Aging Parent Could Lead to Health Issues

Caregiver Stress: The Stress of Looking After an Aging Parent Could Lead to Health Issues

Caregiver Stress: The Stress of Looking After an Aging Parent Could Lead to Health Issues

Many people understand how stress affects health. However, we may not fully comprehend how it can increase the risk of various ailments including; heart attacks, strokes, and more. Many of us have a pretty good idea that it can negatively impact a person’s health and well-being.

 

If the stress of being a caregiver is severe, it could lead to dangerous problems.

For caregivers, it can even increase the risk of heart-related problems. The risk of heart attack increases with age, diet, weight, health issues, and stress. A person who is taking care of a spouse or parent, for example, may have a number of other responsibilities in life and are completely unaware of just how significant this stress is.

For those who might be looking after an aging parent, grandparent, or spouse, it’s important to recognize how much stress can be affecting their life at this point in time.

 

Is it causing restless nights?

If a person has difficulty sleeping at night because they can’t seem to shut their mind off and are constantly thinking about the things they didn’t get done or what they could have done better it’s going to increase fatigue, lack of focus, and other health concerns.

Too often, a person doesn’t immediately associate trouble sleeping with the stress they face. For the average family caregiver, they don’t understand how stress is harming them. They assume since this is their mother or father that it’s their obligation and they should be honored to be able to help.

There’s no doubt that it can be an enjoyable privilege to look after an aging parent, but when a person is constantly worried about what to do, whether he or she is safe, or their other responsibilities which could include working a full-time job, it will take a toll over time.

 

How can a person take better care of their health and heart?

They need to make sure they exercise frequently. A person should be getting a minimum of 15 minutes of solid cardiovascular exercise every single day, regardless of age.

They should also be focusing on a healthy diet. If the average family caregiver can’t do this because of a shortage of time, they should consider the support of an experienced home care agency. The agency can offer assistance even if it is for just a couple of hours at a time or a couple of days a week. Having the support of an agency can ensure that the family caregiver is not getting overwhelmed and that their parent or grandparent still has the care they require while being able to focus on their personal health and well-being.

 

If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400

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Kyle Laramie

President?Owner at Veterans Care Coordination
After working in the field of occupational therapy, as well as various marketing, sales and management roles for both private duty nursing and assisted living providers, Kyle founded Veterans Care Coordination in April 2011. As president and owner of VCC, Kyle is driven by the memory of his grandfather. A World War ll veteran, he unnecessarily missed out on essential VA benefits because Kyle's family simply did not know about the opportunities that were available to assist him in his golden years.

Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.

In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.

Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.

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