April is Autism Awareness month. It’s also National Stress Relief Month. Caring for children with autism or adults with Alzheimer’s (or both!) is stressful, which can cause health problems for you the caregiver and for the loved one you are caring for. Read on for some tips from the Caregiving Club on caregiver stress reduction. And don’t forget to join SafetyNet’s Twitter contest that was designed with stress relief in mind – the prize is a $100 spa gift card!
Today is the start of National Stress Relief Month. And, although today is also April Fool’s Day – the stress that caregivers feel is not a joke.
Numerous studies, including one conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare, show that caregivers cite stress as their Number One health issue in caring for their loved one. In addition, one study from the Commonwealth Fund found that caregivers are twice as likely as the general population to develop multiple chronic illnesses sooner in life related to the increased stress of caregiving.