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Caregivers may live longer…

I often quote studies done by Dr. Glaser at Ohio State Medical center that looked at the impact on family caregivers who care for their elderly parents.  The stress of care giving often negatively affects longevity, the immune system, and mental outlook.

So when I read a new study which states that caregivers may live longer, I was doubtful.  First of all they only looked at family members who were caring for stroke victims.  The research showed that the survival advantages were due to enhanced self-esteem when they received gratitude from the care recipients.  “…when care giving is done willingly, at manageable levels, and they are thanked.”

The last line of the article stated “more research is needed particularly on those caring for aging parents”.  If you are taking care of elderly parents, you know for certain that this needs MORE study!

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