Anger Management for adult caregivers

by Shannon Munford M.A. MFT, CAMF - Date: 2007-08-07 - Word Count: 280 Share This!

According to the U.S. Department of Human Services more than 50 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year.

The typical family caregiver is a 46-year-old woman caring for her widowed mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed. Approximately 60% of family caregivers are women.

Stress of family caregiving for persons with dementia has been shown to impact a person's immune system for up to three years after their caregiving ends thus increasing their chances of developing a chronic illness themselves.

The inability to manage stress has a direct correlation to the ability to handle extreme emotions that can lead to anger.

Family caregivers who provide care 36 or more hours weekly are more likely than non-caregivers to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. For spouses the rate is six times higher; for those caring for a parent the rate is twice as high.

Financial strains also exist as social security benefits, Medicaid, Medicare and Medi-cal may not cover mounting hospice costs.

Many caregivers experience guilt as they may resent caring for their senior loved ones. This guilt is often expressed as irritability, isolation and often aggression.

Effective communication, self-awareness and stress management are productive tools for preventing anger outbursts.

In an open discussion anger management class you will learn tools to handle your anger as well as meet allies to help you deal with the pressures of life.

Anger Management classes are often used as a respite for weary caregivers.

Shannon Munford M.A. MFT, CAMF

Shannon Munford is the owner of Daybreak Counseling Service, an anger management education center in Los Angeles, California

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