Caregiver Stress – Dementia patients may die sooner if family caregivers are mentally stressed
From 2007 until 2016, UC Berkeley researchers tracked the mortality of 176 patients and measured the mental health of the family members who took care of them.
Their findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that patients tended by those with depression, anxiety and other symptoms of mental illness typically died sooner than those being looked after by caregivers in good mental health. Caregiver Stress!
Our Friday Song of the Week – Start Me Up
RETHINKING THE AGING PROCESS: 5 STEPS TO CONSCIOUS AGING
As part of my Caregiver Smile Summit, I have had the pleasure of interviewing more than 50 experts in the health, aging and caregiving fields. Dr. Maria Zayas, a practicing psychologist and a faculty member of the Psychology Department at Brenau University, is one of those experts. Together we explored the topic of conscious aging.