ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Winter Is Tough on Feet
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
CANCER
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
What's Cookin'? It Could Be Air Pollution
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
EYE CARE, VISION
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
FITNESS
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Study Supports Swine Flu's Pandemic Potential
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
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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

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