Let's Just Track Caregiving Stress Ourselves

Denise
band-2086_640I had an epiphany last week.

Or perhaps it was a crash landing.

Whatever it was, it occurred to me that we don't need the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to track family caregiver stress. We can do it ourselves.

The epiphany (or crash landing) happened when I realized I've been talking about the CDC tracking family caregiver stress for almost a year now. And, the progress I've made is like walking across a room. I've not made much of a dent at all.

I could continue to toll. Or, I could simply do myself what I wanted a larger organization with greater resources and which tracks epidemics, like I believe caregiving stress is, to do.

I've created a simple survey for us to indicate our stress level as well as the source of that stress. Once you complete the survey, you're directed to a page that links to resources which can help.

When you can, please take the caregiving stress survey and let me know what you think. Would you add additional sources of stress? Was the survey easy to complete? Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.

In addition, please be sure to add resources which help you manage stress in our Caregiving Resources section of our Forum.

And, then help me spread the word by sharing about the survey on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, so we can reach as many individuals who care for a family member or friend as possible. As Heather Slutzky, who cared for her husband and her father, said during one of our #trackstress chats on Twitter: "Caregiver stress is real. What we measure we can change."

Let's be the change that makes the lives of family caregivers better.

Take the caregiving stress survey.

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