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How Do You Rate Against Non-Caregiving Peers?

The New York Times Old Age blog featured an interesting story yesterday (Caregiving’s Hidden Benefits).

Caregiving has some interesting benefits. Consider:

1. Family caregivers have a lower mortality rate than non-caregivers.

2. Family caregivers are physically stronger than non-caregivers.

3. Family caregivers scored better on memory tests than non-caregivers.

4. Caregiving can lengthen your life. (You can listen to my 2009 talk show interview with the researcher who research offered this conclusion here.)

Let’s do an informal poll: Consider your friends, family members and colleagues who are non-caregivers. How do you feel your mental, physical and spiritual health compares to them? Please cast your vote in our poll, below. And, feel free to share any thoughts in our comments. (And, be sure to listen to the 2009 talk show; you’ll find it very interesting).


1. Help get the word out about Job Jar Day! On October 22, we’re encouraging family and friends to help the family caregiver in their lives. Feel free to share our press release on Twitter, Facebook and with your local media.

2. Our next #carechat takes place on Sunday, October 16, at 8 p.m. ET. We’ll talk about how to cope with the changes in caregiving. To join us, just go to, log in with your Twitter credentials and enter our hashtag: carechat.

3. Our next live call-in episode of Your Caregiving Journey airs October 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Call in and share your answers and insights to this question: What’s scary about caregiving? Call (646) 652-4944 to share during our live show. Or, join our show’s chat room to post your insight. If you’re on Twitter, you can tweet during the show using this hashtag: #caretalk.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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