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The New 'Female Problem'
In the halls of the nationís
businesses, the hushed whispers which were once reserved
for gossip and Monday morning quarterbacking now echo
the despair stressed out women are feeling in their role
as caregivers. While men do represent a growing
percentage of todayís caregivers, the role is still
largely filled by women. In what could be considered the
new ďfemale problemĒ in the workplace, male management
does not have the tools to adequately discuss and remedy
this female ailment.
Caregiver Stress Defined
An individualís face may not readily give away clues
that they are suffering from caregiver stress, but a
quick look at their employee attendance record will
reveal absenteeism due to their work as a caregiver for
an aging loved one. The fact that this individual has a
higher utilization of the healthcare benefits and
increased prescription plan participation for
stress-related disorders may also warrant their
classification as a caregiver.
Stressed out caregivers are susceptible to a whole host
of problems as their immune system becomes compromised
under the weight and associated guilt of caregiving.
Migraine headaches and GI disorders are just the tip of
the iceberg when it comes to the impact caregiver stress
has on individuals. Caregivers overwhelmed by stress are
also highly susceptible to depression. Individuals need
to learn to recognize when their caregiving duties are
getting the best of them. Identifying community
resources that offer services to caregivers and their
loved ones can be just the prescription needed to bounce
Businesses and the overall economy are negatively
impacted by caregivers who are emotionally drained by
the burden of their role. The financial component of
caregiver stress is far more reaching than that
individualís wallet. The trickle down effect of the
disorder hurts all of our pockets as it robs employers
of nearly $ 33.6 billion.
The Role of a Geriatric Care Manager
A GCM is a professional with expertise in geriatric or
aging issues. They are a local resource with firsthand
knowledge of the services available in your community.
Boomers living at a great distance who are concerned if
their parent is safe in their own home can avail
themselves of geriatric care management services for
peace of mind with ease. Often the task of navigating
the maze of senior housing and financial options
associated with eldercare can put a strain on the
parent-child relationship. A GCM can bridge the gap and
facilitate discussion that leads to decision-making.