6 cheap and free ways to relieve elder caregiver stress

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An estimated 65.7 million Americans provide care for an older adult, or someone living with illness or disability, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. “Caregivers often ignore their own health,” says Rick Greene, executive adviser of the National Alliance for Caregiving.

One-third of all caregivers describe their own health as fair to poor, often report suffering from depression, and are more prone to becoming physically ill. Studies have found that caregivers under “high strain” are at an increased risk of early death, heart disease and stroke.

But there are numerous inexpensive and often free ways to help caregivers reduce stress so they can maintain their own health.

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