Coping with Caregiver Stress

Today's column by Timothy Smith offers steps for caregivers to recognize stressors and regain a sense of joy, hope and balance in life.

Posted
April 9, 2021
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Coping with Caregiver Stress

Today's column by Timothy Smith offers steps for caregivers to recognize stressors and regain a sense of joy, hope and balance in life.

Posted
April 9, 2021

The reality of providing care for family members or loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related conditions has proven to be stressful for many people. Caregivers of loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s frequently report experiencing high levels of stress related to their duties.

While the act is very noble, it can be overwhelming to take care of someone going through this phase of life. The demands of caregiving can be physically and mentally exhausting for the person providing care. However, there are steps that can be taken to recognize stressors and regain the sense of joy, hope and balance in the caregiver’s life.

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Timothy Smith is clinical Masters of Social Work Intern in the Behavioral and Mental Health Services at Jewish Family Service of Houston. Smith is a South Carolina native and current studies at the University of Houston. He is an advocate for self-care and enjoys helping clients find new ways to the relax and cope with stressors. In addition to his work at JFS, Smith is a GLOBE Behavioral Health Fellow with the University of Houston and receives specialized training on crisis intervention and assessment in primary care settings.

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