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Making Friends with Caregiver Stress

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Did you know 10,000 U.S. citizens turn 65 every 24 hours? Or that the 85 year-old plus demographic is currently the fastest growing population in the country?

These startling facts are now referred to as The Silver Tsunami. As the population ages, the closest people to an ailing loved one such as spouses, family members, relatives and friends, will soon be in the position of becoming a caregiver at some level. This natural transition has already imposed an unusual stressor on the family dynamics in our country. So much so that caregiver burnout is now a medical term and AARP is now sponsoring seminars for the public to learn how to best handle this condition.

Sixty percent of caregivers in America will die before their care receiver. Although caregiving is an immense act of love, devotion, and dedication, it can impose an unexpected amount of emotional, physical and in some cases financial burden. Without proper tools, over time the added stress levels on caregivers can be harmful.

There has been a recent information movement to provide more education and support for these unsung heroes. One such presentation is taking place in Highlands Ranch June 12.

Making Friends with Caregiver Stress will take place June 12 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library. Guests will receive helpful tools to assist you in managing stress to preserve your health so you can be there for your loved ones. The event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to Jodie McCann at jmccann@highlandsranch.org or 720-240-4922.

Making Friends with Caregiver Stress is presented in partnership by the Highlands Ranch Metro District, 50 & Better Together, and Homewatch Caregivers.

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