/ Modified nov 16, 2010 5:34 p.m.

Coping with Caregiving

Caregiving experts stress the importance of caregiver wellness.

Caregivers studio 617x347 Kimberly Craft sits down with Suzy Bourque, a caregiver specialist from the Pima Council on Aging, and Jan Sturges, a caregiving coordinator at the University of Arizona's Life and Work Connections. (PHOTO: AZPM)

Fifty million individuals in the U.S. care for elderly, disabled or sick loved ones--over half a million in Arizona alone. While many caregivers find their responsibilities rewarding, the work of tending others can come with a steep cost: the caregiver's health. Jan Sturges, Caregiver Coordinator for the UA Life and Work Connections, and Suzy Bourque, a caregiver specialist at the Pima Council on Aging, talk about the difficulties of caring for loved ones and offer advice about coping with the stress.

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The Tucson-based Family Caregiver Outreach Program has developed a manual for caregivers, called How To Be a Resilient Caregiver, that is available online. Click to read it. For more caregiving stories, visit our National Family Caregivers Month page.

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