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The numbers are in but, few people know the statistics and it’s probable that even fewer can explain what they mean except on a profoundly personal level.
Somewhere around 39.8 million Americans over age 15 are providing unpaid care to someone over 65 “because of a condition related to aging,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
And, perhaps to some, an even greater surprise: between 22 and 23 percent of those ages 45 to 64 identify themselves as elder care providers; add to that 16 percent of those over 65. To achieve a fuller understanding of the emotional and physical drain of such care, consider that almost one third of these elder care providers are taking care of two or more older people and 23 percent of them have a minor child in their households; 85 percent of caregivers and their elders maintain separate households.
The statistics are drawn from the BLS American Time Use Survey. Every day BLS interviewers ask Americans how they spent their time during the previous 24 hours, examining everything from shopping to child care to phone calls. The time use survey began in 2003 and the most recent results were released on June 22, 2012; they reflect time expenditures in the civilian, non-institutionalized population.
Among the surprise statistics was the fact that a majority – 56 percent – of those providing elder care are women – not a surprise; but that’s a smaller percentage than found in previous studies – a surprise. Sons and husbands are catching up to daughters, wives and daughters-in-law. Approximately one-in-five care providers do so on a daily basis; one-in-four – 24 percent several times a week, and a final 20 percent once a week. On average, care takers offer three hours of service on the days they provide care; however, women spend an hour more on elder care on those days than men do.
To qualify as “care giving” in the survey it must be unpaid and might be as simple as providing companionship or “being available to assist when needed” and it must have been provided more than once in the three months before questioning – regardless of how much time was spent in the task. Recipients of care included a parent (42 percent), a grandparent (19 percent) or another relative (21 percent); only 4 percent reported caring for a spouse or unmarried partner.
“In today’s economy with all of the other pressures facing so many families, and especially when care providers tell themselves that they are ‘only doing what is right’ or what they ‘have to do,’ these caretakers may significantly be undercutting their own emotional/psychological/physical health,” observes Francis (Skip) Flynn, Psy.D., CAP of the Brain Training Centers of Florida. “When circumstances conspire to require that such care be given for extended periods – especially for years and years – people begin living as though they are on auto-pilot. They either cannot allow themselves to recognize or they are almost afraid to admit to themselves how exhausted they have become. In the end, they experience a long-term form of caretaker fatigue that is similar in many ways to many of the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”
Flynn uses the example of caretaker spouses and children who “sleep with one eye open and one ear listening to the breathing or for the cries of their sick or elderly relatives.
“If you do that for long enough, you can become as stressed and emotionally bruised and broken as a soldier or Marine who’s been on combat patrols for months on end,” observed Flynn. “It’s really critical that such care providers seek their own professional help – an open and non-judgmental ear and someone who’s able and willing to provide some insight into this PTSD.“
A press release summarizing all of the results of the American Time Use Survey can be found at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm
Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.
Brain Training Centers of Florida are very successful in helping individuals suffering from Caretaker Fatigue. The Centers are open 7 days per week from 8:00 AM ti 10:00 PM for the convenience of our clients. For further information, call (305) 412-5050.
I suffered for over ten years with debilitating physical and mental pain. I was deeply challenged by acute fatigue, physical and mental depression and Post Traumatic Stress and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, an incurable disease by all medical standards. This condemned me to a life of coping with prescription drugs just to make life bearable.
I went on a desperate search for a cure, sought out the most intellectual minds both western and eastern medicine had to offer, and spent a quarter of a million dollars – I finally collapsed. From here I became a voracious reader and began a journey into the unknown. After years of searching, countless setbacks including significant head trauma, my search for a cure became a journey of healing into the deepest parts of my soul.
Geoffrey A. Cole from the Brain Training Centers of Florida in Miami helped me work through horrendous and brutal trauma from childhood, trauma that paralyzed my ability to think, to act normally, and that ultimately led to my debilitating conditions. This trauma has been neutralized to the extent that it can be remembered, but without the emotional charge that was there for forty or more years.
On a day-to-day basis I have more peace and calmness as the fear has been released. It no longer affects my daily activities. I am pain free and have incredible levels of stamina and energy. I am living life and celebrating being able to function optimally. My consciousness has shifted to incredible states of bliss and joy. There is no better definition of being cured.
Thank you Geoffrey!
Chronic Fatigue is usually a symptom of other problems. Fatigue can be caused by many of other issues (many of them listed on our website and blog). Accordingly, when you correct those issues, sleeping improves, which improves fatigue.
Fatigue can also be directly caused by the brain not being able to quiet down enough to allow sleep. By brain training, many people have found that they can train their brains to quiet down when needed and therefore deal with their fatigue issues more effectively.
Hormone imbalances often play a big role in causing fatigue. We always recommend seeing an endocrinologist regarding fatigue issues.
In our process of Brain Training, we perform an electroencephalogram mapping the energy flow in the brain. From the brain map we can determine the areas of the brain which contain elevated amounts of energy due the issues which are inhibiting sleep. By training the brain to reduce the amount of energy flowing through the appropriate neural centers, the issues with sleep and fatigue tend to dissipate.