Impact of Aging on the Family

    Most caregivers are reluctant to use formal help and continue to provide care with little support. Caregiving is stressful and contribute to physical and mental health problems such as depression, high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep disorders suffered more often by caregivers than non-caregivers. Other family members may feel left out or ignored, which creates additional stress on the family and the caregiver. Caregiving requires continuing adjustments. Older persons may have disrupted sleep patterns, special diets, multiple and changing medications, and limitations in the activities of daily living. These adjustments cause stress for both the caregiver and the care recipient.