An estimated 44 million #Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with #disabilities. Evidence shows that most #caregivers are ill-prepared for their role and provide care with little or no support, yet more than one-third of caregivers continue to provide intense care to others while suffering from #poorhealth themselves. A substantial body of #research shows that #family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk. #Emotional, #physical, and #mentalhealth problems arise from complex caregiving situations and the strains of caring for frail or disabled relatives (Family Caregiver Alliance www.caregiver.org).
Back for another episode is #TheEmeraldCouch fan favorite, Ms. Amanda Jackson, who will share her experiences of being a caregiver and discuss the rewards and challenges that accompany such an immense task. Tune in now!