Do Caregivers Live Longer?
Anyone who has had the task of caring for a loved one will vouch that it is not easy. Caregivers worry and feel for their “patients.” They often run errands and make special visits in between dealing with an already hectic life. Caregivers feel responsible when a family member is suffering and having a bad day. Hospital visits may be frequent and may involve invasive tests and fears around recovery. All of this medical stress triggers big emotions in patients and caregivers alike.
Caregivers are often exposed to a great deal of stress when caring for a loved one. However, a new study finds that caregivers live longer lives than non-caregivers.