What Dianne is Reading – Caring Takes a Heavy Toll on Caregivers


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In this feature of the Genki Living blog, I would like to share with you helpful articles, interesting research, and useful health information that I came across in the past week.

Anyone who is a caregiver has experienced the physical, emotional, financial, and social stresses of caregiving. You are not crazy and you are not alone. A recent study published in the February 15, 2016 online edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine reveals that caregivers who provide “substantial help’’ with health care were roughly twice as likely to experience physical, financial and emotional difficulties as those who did not provide that help. If the caregiver is working for a living, he/she was three times more likely to be less productive on the job due to caregiving-related distractions and fatigue. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157260.html

In a commentary in the same issue, Carole Levine, director of the New Your City-based United Hospital Funds’ Families and Health Care Project descried that caregivers see themselves as daughters, sons, spouses and friends – not necessarily as “caregivers.” Yet, these family members have questions and may feel uncomfortable or too overwhelmed to take advantage of support groups and services. “By expecting family members to do all this stuff with relatively little support, we’ve created a multigenerational set of health problems.”

One of the primary focuses of Keiro’ Genki Living programs is the support of caregivers, and one of the most impactful ways that Keiro has supported caregivers is through our Life Long Learning Course, Powerful Tools for Caregivers. For more information about this class, please visit our website at www.keiro.org or call 213.873.5700.

Additionally, please save the date for our upcoming Genki Living Conference: Caregiver’s Edition which will be held on Saturday June 11th, which will be co-presented with the Pasadena Buddhist Temple, Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute, Pasadena Nikkei Seniors, and First Presbyterian Church of Altadena. Additional information regarding the conference will be made available on our website in the near future.

Keiro’s Genki Living Programs support individuals to obtain, process, and understand health information so that they can manage their health for optimal wellness.



About the Author: 

Dianne Kujubu BelliDianne Kujubu Belli in lobby is the Chief Administrative Officer of Keiro. Dianne staysgenki by doing cardio and light weight training four days a week at the gym and dances Argentine tango.



The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer


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