Family Caregiving Can Be Stressful, Rewarding And Life-Affirming

Family Caregiving Can Be Stressful, Rewarding And Life-Affirming

The stereotype of caring for a family member is that it’s so stressful it harms the caregiver’s health. But that’s not necessarily so.

Studies are conflicted, finding that caregiving can harm or help the caregiver. Here’s one on the plus side. A study finds that people who care for a family member live longer than similar people who aren’t caregiving.

The scientists didn’t ask the caregivers why they might be healthier and presumably happier than similar people who weren’t caring for someone. But the 3,503 people who participated represented a broad swath of the American public and may be a better representation of the caregiving experience overall.

Find out more by clicking hereĀ http://health.wusf.usf.edu/post/family-caregiving-can-be-stressful-rewarding-and-life-affirming