A recent study published this week on JAMA Internal Medicine online shows the struggles of those family members and friends who provide care for seniors.  The study, led by Jennifer L. Wolff, Ph.D. of John Hopkins, focused on 1,739 non-professional caregivers caring for 1,171 people.  These caregivers provided varying degrees of care from substantial assistance to managing medications.  Those individuals receiving care had various health issues with nearly half suffering from dementia and a third having what was described as a severe disability.  The results for those participants that fit into the group providing substantial assistance many showed emotional, physical and financial distress.  This group was likely to live with the person for whom they provided care and were far less likely to participate in activities outside of caring.  The group commonly did not visit other family members or friends, attend social functions, or participate or spectate at athletic events.  They were also prone to loss of productivity at work.  Personal Care Agencies, like Heartrock Care, can provide care for these individuals to provide respite for the primary care provider or can provide full time care to allow the family member or friend to still enjoy their own life.

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For more information on this study, please visit the JAMA Internal Medicine Online Site at http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2491683 or to watch video regarding the study at http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/multimediaPlayer.aspx?mediaid=12438332