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Caregiver Stress: “The New Female Problem”

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

On Examiner.com there’s an article by Patricia Grace titled “The new ‘female problem’: Caregiver stress.” This is a succinct article about a growing problem for women: The role women typically play as the caregiver (for children, husband and parents) has a big impact on their mental health and well being.

“Businesses and the overall economy are negatively impacted by caregivers who are emotionally drained by the burden of their role. The financial component of caregiver stress is far more reaching than that individual’s wallet. The trickle down effect of the disorder hurts all of our pockets as it robs employers of nearly $ 33.6 billion.

Stressed out caregivers are susceptible to a whole host of problems as their immune system becomes compromised under the weight and associated guilt of care giving. Migraine headaches and GI disorders are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact caregiver stress has on individuals.” (Source: Examiner.com, June 12, 2009)

Caregiver stress can lead to higher levels of absenteeism along with higher utilization of health benefits and prescription plans. These individuals, their families and their employers all pay a price.

The author believes that most corporations do not have the tools needed to discuss and remedy this challenge. Check out the article online at http://tinyurl.com/lvv8rk. It resonated with me because I have a wife who doubles as an executive and a mom, and as the family caregiver. When there’s a crisis, she is more often than not the one who has to step in, alter her schedule, and find a way to cope with all of the competing demands for her time and attention. On a day like today, when I’m on a business trip in Boston, she has little recourse but to handle things on her own. This adds a level of stress to everything she does.

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

On Examiner.com there’s an article by Patricia Grace titled “The new ‘female problem’: Caregiver stress.” This is a succinct article about a growing problem for women: The role women typically play as the caregiver (for children, husband and parents) has a big impact on their mental health and well being.

“Businesses and the overall economy are negatively impacted by caregivers who are emotionally drained by the burden of their role. The financial component of caregiver stress is far more reaching than that individual’s wallet. The trickle down effect of the disorder hurts all of our pockets as it robs employers of nearly $ 33.6 billion.

Stressed out caregivers are susceptible to a whole host of problems as their immune system becomes compromised under the weight and associated guilt of care giving. Migraine headaches and GI disorders are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact caregiver stress has on individuals.” (Source: Examiner.com, June 12, 2009)

Caregiver stress can lead to higher levels of absenteeism along with higher utilization of health benefits and prescription plans. These individuals, their families and their employers all pay a price.

The author believes that most corporations do not have the tools needed to discuss and remedy this challenge. Check out the article online at http://tinyurl.com/lvv8rk. It resonated with me because I have a wife who doubles as an executive and a mom, and as the family caregiver. When there’s a crisis, she is more often than not the one who has to step in, alter her schedule, and find a way to cope with all of the competing demands for her time and attention. On a day like today, when I’m on a business trip in Boston, she has little recourse but to handle things on her own. This adds a level of stress to everything she does.

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

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