Advice for Caregivers to stay happy and healthy
One of the most stressful jobs you can have is caregiver. Whether it be care for an infant, senior, or someone with an illness, the stress can be overwhelming. Family caregiving has been associated with increased levels of depression and anxiety as well as higher use of psychoactive medications. There are support groups for caregivers such as the Cancer Support Community of North Texas (CSCNT) located at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The CSCNT host a number of support-related events weekly and monthly and from grief counseling to coffee and crocheting breaks. Each month, family members and friends of Cancer patients meet to discuss techniques for stress relief and to commiserate with one another. For February, the group was led by Dr. Beverly Owen, ED.D who specializes in counseling for Cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers. The advice Dr. Owen shared is universal to all caregiving situations.