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Family Caregivers Often Experience Changes in Their Own Lives


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CURRENTLY, THERE ARE 42-MILLION FAMILY-CAREGIVERS, IN THE U-S, PROVIDING CARE TO A PARENT OR OTHER LOVED-ONE.  AS PART OF NOVEMBER'S "NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH", "A-A-R-P" RECENTLY RELEASED A POLL FINDING THAT NEARLY THREE OUT OF 10 PEOPLE PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR A LOVED-ONE SAY THAT THEIR LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE BECOMING A CAREGIVER.  MORE THAN ONE-IN-FIVE ALSO SAY THAT THEIR WEIGHT, EXERCISE, OR SOCIAL LIFE HAS "GOTTEN WORSE".  CYNTHIA FAGYAS [AS IN "VEGAS" AND "FAYGO"] IS WITH "A-A-R-P ARIZONA"...

(FAGYAS):
"ABOUT 855-THOUSAND ARIZONANS ARE PROVIDING CARE TO A PARENT OR [OTHER] LOVED-ONE.  AND, THE 'AVERAGE' CAREGIVER IS A 49-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO WORKS OUTSIDE THE HOME--AND SPENDS NEARLY 20 HOURS, A WEEK, PROVIDING UNPAID SUPPORT TO THEIR MOTHER.  FAMILY-CAREGIVERS ALSO RARELY SEE THEMSELVES AS A CAREGIVER--AND THEY ALMOST NEVER ASK FOR HELP.  SOMETHING ALSO TO NOTE IS THAT CAREGIVING IS BECOMING MORE COMPLEX--BECAUSE HOSPITALS SEND PATIENTS HOME QUICKER, AND [BECAUSE] NEW TECHNOLOGY NOW ENABLES CAREGIVERS TO PROVIDE MORE-SOPHISTICATED CARE IN THE HOME THAT ONCE WAS DONE IN HOSPITALS.
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FAGYAS ADDS THAT "A-A-R-P" HAS TOOLS AND RESOURCES ON ITS WEBSITE, TO HELP FAMILY-CAREGIVERS COPE WITH THEIR DAILY RESPONSIBILITIES; THAT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT "A-A-R-P"-DOT-ORG-SLASH-"CAREGIVING".



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