Vast Majority of Adult Caregivers Report Negative Health Consequences of Caregiving

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This release shares the findings of a poll among family caregivers who were asked about the potential impacts of caregiving upon their personal health.

Health plan providers and work/life organizations should be arming employers with a wide variety of proactive caregiver resources. Without such resources, employers will pay the price in terms of higher healthcare costs and reduced productivity.

An overwhelming percentage of unpaid family caregivers say that caregiving responsibilities have negatively affected their personal health, according to a poll by LifeCare®, Inc., a leading provider of health and productivity solutions for employers nationwide. The negative effects they suffer with most? Stress and/or panic attacks.

Here are the full results of the poll, which was conducted throughout the month of March on LifeCare's private web site:

If you are an adult caregiver, has your health been negatively affected as a result of providing care?

  • Yes: 84%
  • No: 16%

If "yes," what one aspect of your health has been most affected?

  • Stress and/or panic attacks: 38%
  • Lack of energy and/or sleep: 31%
  • Weight gain/loss: 16%
  • Depression: 11%
  • Headaches: 4%

"These findings are extremely important to the nation's employers -- especially as our workforce continues to age -- because a rapidly growing number of people are facing the challenges of providing care to older loved ones," said Peter G. Burki, LifeCare's CEO. "Health plan providers and work/life organizations should be arming employers with a wide variety of proactive caregiver resources. Without such resources, employers will pay the price in terms of higher healthcare costs and reduced productivity."

LifeCare's suite of caregiving resources include 24/7 resource and referral services, professional geriatric care management services, health and wellness programs, stress management programs, a caregiver readiness kit, easy-to-understand educational materials, and much more.

Each month, LifeCare posts a poll on its private web site, asking individuals to share their thoughts and opinions on the latest issues and work/life trends. Past polls have addressed topics such as health and wellness, work/life balance, workplace productivity and financial issues.

About LifeCare®, Inc.
LifeCare offers cost-saving benefits that help clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For more than two decades, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve clients' bottom line. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.

Notes to Editors

LifeCare's CEO, Peter G. Burki, is available for interview.
Media contact: Michael Civiello; 203-556-8827

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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