An AARP report found family members provide a staggering $450 billion worth of unpaid care annually — and other research makes clear that the stress and the time involved can take a toll on the caregivers' own health and finances as they put off their own doctor visits, dip into their savings and cut back their working hours. For more information, visit www.aarp.org/caregiving.
In her story in the December 2013 edition of Guideposts, Shawnelle Eliasen shares how, despite the fact that public speaking was her greatest fear, she found the faith and fortitude to give a speech at church. http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/inspirational-stories/the-faith-to-face-her-fear?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=GP&utm_campaign=ShawelleEliasen11.27.13
Considering the demonstrated risks and the increasing prevalence of this issue, it’s certainly worth addressing how we can promote social integration at the larger social level, among our older loved ones, and even ourselves – for it has been shown that family caregivers are themselves at a high risk of social isolation.