Local & Regional
Thu June 20, 2013
Care Givers At Risk
A new survey shows that adult family members, trying to be care givers for elderly parents, are often putting their own health at risk.
The report says 74-percent of are fatigued and another 37-percent are depressed. Home Instead Senior Care’s Andrew Garrean in Tulsa is not surprised by the stats.
Garrean: " Most family care-givers start out as a daughter or son and do a few things for mom or dad. Before they know it, they are consumed. Recognizing you are in a dangerous situation for yourself is step number one."
He says step number two is asking for help to give yourself a respite, even if that break is only a couple of hours.
Women report more psychological distress. While, Garrean says, men report higher blood pressure and a higher likelihood of obesity.