Caregivers take heart, research is showing that caring for others is good for you! It’s a tough job, that’s for sure, but there are significant benefits being found. An article at Time.com reported on a study published recently in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior found that people who occasionally cared for others lived longer than those who didn’t. Much of the research revolved around grandparents who cared for grandchildren or seniors who cared for elderly family or friends.
The study followed people for almost 20 years. People who were caregivers lived, on average three years longer than those who didn’t. The study suggests some of the benefits were the result of:
- Having an improved social circle
- Positive emotions from helping others
In addition, another article at caringvillage.com stated that 83% of caregivers have viewed their experience as positive. This information is based on caregivers who are more full-time than the study previously mentioned. They call the benefits ‘caregiver gain’ and those include:
- A new sense of purpose or meaning in life
- Fulfillment of a lifelong commitment to a spouse
- An opportunity to give back to a parent some of what the parent has given to them
- Renewal of religious faith
- Closer ties with people through new relationships or stronger existing relationships
It’s not just living longer or an improved emotional sense, there are studies showing tangible benefits, too. The Journal of Aging and Health published a 2011 Boston University study that older women who were caregivers had “significantly sharper memory and better thought processing speed” than their peers who were not caregivers.
And, a 2009 study found that those female caregivers who had provided assistance with activities of daily living to others and then had osteoporotic fractures showed better physical performance and slower rates of physical decline than non-caregiving peers.
Part of the reason is that caregivers are more likely to build and maintain strength and stamina, resulting in better overall physical health.
Caregiving is a challenge and even though there are physical and emotional benefits, it is still stressful. It is especially difficult when the caregiver is trying to balance another family, work, and community or personal commitments. That’s where Keeping In Touch Solutions can help.
A daily check-in call to someone you love who is living alone means that someone is there when you are busy taking care of other responsibilities. It’s a call from a real person with a friendly voice and a few minutes to just chat.
When days are long and very quiet, and probably lonely, our clients have come to count on their daily call. It’s something they look forward to and something that motivates them to do other things during their days to have something to share with the care-caller. The benefits are for all – the caregiver and the cared-for person.
The service makes the job you have a little easier, a little less stressful. It is NOT to REPLACE you as the caregiver, but to provide a tool that makes your caregiving easier and more manageable for you.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.