Caregivers Face Increased Health Risks Compared With Noncaregivers

Caregivers Face Increased Health Risks Compared With Noncaregivers
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey of more than 100,000 people regarding their personal health. According to Jacob Bentley, associate professor of clinical psychology at Seattle Pacific University and a co-author of the study, caregivers had a 26% higher risk of lacking healthcare coverage compared with those who aren't caregivers. They also had a significantly higher risk (59%) of failing to go to the doctor or obtaining a needed health service due to cost, the AARP's Peter Urban noted. The study, recently published in the journal Rehabilitation Psychology, noted that many caregivers also are at risk of developing a depressive disorder, and many have experienced physical, mental, or emotional issues that have negatively affected their daily lives. Given all of this, it’s particularly interesting that 79% of respondents also claimed they didn’t need support services. I find this information to be somewhat devastating. Caregivers need support, but why can’t they admit it?

Is it denial or something else?

Does the average caregiver have a Wonder Woman or Superman complex, believing themselves to be so physically and mentally strong that they can bypass support? The reality is that caregivers are unable to leap health concerns in a single bound. Major depression is an issue, and the high level of stress accompanying caregiving also creates health problems. According to the National Center on Caregiving, caregivers suffer from higher rates of physical disor
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