Are you a family caregiver? Take this stress test…

November 14th, 2012 No Comments

If you’re a family caregiver of your older parent or loved one, you know how stressful your NJ elder care “job” can be. Take a minute to answer these questions to see if you’re taking on TOO much stress:

  • Do you sometimes feel angry while you’re caring for your loved one?
  • Do you feel guilty your care isn’t good enough because you have too many other things to do?
  • Do you feel your social life has been put on hold because you need to care for your parent?
  • Do you feel exhausted at the end of the day?
  • Are feeling overwhelmed?
  • Have you lost or gained a lot of weight recently?
  • Have you lost interest in things you once found enjoyable?
  • Do you get angry or irritated easliy?
  • Do you worry constantly?
  • Do you often feel sad?
  • Do you get headaches, body pains, or other physical ailments frequently?
  • Are you abusing alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs)?

Score yourself. If you said “yes” to 0-3 answers, your stress level is LOW. If you had 4-7 “yes” answers, your stress level is MEDIUM. If you answered “yes” to 8-12 answers, you have a HIGH stress level.

Check back again for ways to reduce caregiver stress!

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