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Reducing the Stress of Employed Caregivers

On August 27, 2011 Eilene Zimmerman, the Career Couch Columnist of the New York Times published a helpful article, “Easing the Stress of Daily Care-Giving,” for those caregivers who work outside the home. Be aware that balancing your life as an employee and a caregiver, especially for a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s can lead to chronic stress which means – a chronic state of high alert and physical inflammation. Chronic stress triggers long periods of distraction, irritability, forgetfulness, fatigue, guilt, physical aches and pain, poor sleeping and poor eating habits. Often caregivers get sick when they don’t take care of themselves.

How to cope:
In “Easing the Stress of Daily Care-Giving” I was quoted with the following:
For more information on caregiving read my book, Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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