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Alli Walsh, Social Media Strategist
When you’re the primary caregiver for someone in need, everything seems urgent, except your own needs. But just like we’re instructed to don our own oxygen mask on an airplane before assisting those near us, as caregivers we need to keep our own physical and mental health top of mind. To put it simply, if you aren’t taken care of, how can you take care of those you love?
Older American caregivers experiencing the strain of caring for a loved one have a 63 percent higher chance of dying than their non-caregiving peers.1 And baby boomers managing the care of both ailing parents and the rigors of parenthood have higher risk of depression, chronic illness and decreased quality of life.2 Look for the following signs that it’s time to focus on YOU:
If the signs above feel familiar to you or to someone you know, there are action steps to make caregiving more manageable for all involved. Work through the following steps to move forward toward a healthier, happier you and a better relationship with the person—or people—you care for.
1, 2, 4-7 “Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers.” Family Caregiver Alliance, 2012. Accessed 27 Aug. 2017.
3 Friend, Jamie L. “Caregiver Stress: Don't Forget Self-Care.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 8 July 2017. Accessed 27 Aug. 2017.
8, 9 Johnson, Johnson and. “Self Care and Stress Management Tips for Caregivers.” AARP, AARP, Accessed 27 Aug. 2017.
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Combined Insurance Company of America (Chicago, IL Illinois) is a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health, and life insurance products and a Chubb company. With a tradition of nearly 100 years of success, we have an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and are one of Ward’s Top 50® Performing Life-Health Insurance Companies. Combined Insurance is also the number one Military Friendly® Employer in the over $1B revenue category for 2019 by VIQTORY. This is the company’s eighth consecutive year on the top 10 list and fifth consecutive year in the top 5—Combined Insurance was previously named the number one Military Friendly® Employer in the nation for 2015 and 2016. In New York, products are underwritten by Combined Life Insurance Company of New York (Latham, NY).
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