ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
CANCER
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
CAREGIVING
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
DIET, NUTRITION
HELP TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A LOW CAL BUDGET
Successful Weight Loss Shows Unique Brain Patterns
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
EYE CARE, VISION
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Cocoa in Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Add your Article

Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents

MONDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults who regularly help their elderly parents get by experience a drop in health and well-being in their own lives, a new study shows.

The study, published earlier this year in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, found these adult children were often juggling multiple roles each day, sometimes causing conflicts in roles or feeling overloaded.

"The accumulation of small and large daily stressors such as work deadlines, PTA meetings, supporting family and friends as well as providing routine assistance to a parent living outside one's house can build up," study leader Jyoti Savla, assistant professor of human development and gerontology at Virginia Tech, said in a university news release. "Sooner or later, they can spill over into other areas of life with negative mental and physical consequences. Days when help is provided to parents are more stressful than days when it is not," Savla said.

Salva's team studied diaries of the individuals who provided help to parents, more than half of which did so on two or more days each week. They found several factors, such as having a spouse and higher education, could decrease the conflict and demands on time. Also, those who believed in personal growth, mastery and self-acceptance experienced fewer negative consequences from helping their parents.

"By building on an understanding of individual's experiences, this approach could make daily life easier for older adults and the individuals who support them and prevent the depletion of care resources," Savla said.

More information

The AARP has more about managing caregiver stress.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Virginia Tech, news release, Sept. 22, 2008

Last Updated: Sept. 22, 2008

Copyright 2008 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

More articles at www.eholistic.com