A report released by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has revealed that there are almost 2 million caregivers in New York state and they provide the equivalent of $20 billion in services each year.
Interestingly enough, a quarter of these caregivers can't provide a diagnosis of a loved one's problems. Fourteen percent are involved in Alzheimer's care and approximately 12 percent identified a loved one's condition as cancer or a chronic condition.
In upstate New York, 58 percent of caregivers said that they were stressed from their responsibilities, with 40 percent reporting symptoms of depression and 27.5 percent responding that they sometimes, rarely or never received emotional support from friends or family.
"Given the large proportion of informal caregivers in upstate New York, everyone, including employers, should acknowledge those among us who provide care for someone who has a long-term illness or disability," Dr.
Pat Bomba said in a statement.
Helping a caregiver first means identifying when there is a problem. AOLHealth.com reports that some common symptoms among irritated caretakers include memory problems, mood swings or signs of isolation.
Family members may want to offer assistance to overwhelmed individuals and encourage them to get a proper amount of sleep and maintain a healthy diet.