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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

John Hopkins Study on Caregivers

A recent study revealed a truth that contradicts the long standing belief that becoming a caregiver leads to high-stress and a shorter lifespan. The exact opposite is true. The John Hopkins results used the analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 family caregivers. It suggests that those who assist a chronically ill or disabled family member enjoy an 18 percent survival advantage compared to statistically matched non-caregivers. 

            David L. Roth, Ph.D., is the director of the Johns Hopkins University Center on Aging and Health.  He says that the study has uncovered new information on the issue of whether formal or informal caregiving is associated with a higher or a lower mortality rate.

            "In many cases, caregivers report receiving benefits of enhanced self-esteem, recognition and gratitude from their care recipients. Thus, when caregiving is done willingly, at manageable levels, and with individuals who are capable of expressing gratitude, it is reasonable to expect that health benefits might accrue in those situations," added Roth.

            The research is still underway and a greater pool of caregivers should be taken into account. If you are interested in reading the article in its entirety please see the link below.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/jhm-jhs101513.php


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