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Caregiving Takes a Toll on Your Health, Note Experts in Dementia Care in Atlanta, Oaks Senior Living

Oaks Senior Living worries that caregivers give too much of themselves in an effort to keep their loved ones happy and healthy.
    ATLANTA, GA, October 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- At some point, nearly 40 percent of adults in America will provide care giving services to an elderly or otherwise unhealthy loved one. This unpaid care helps to improve the quality of life of their loved one, but Atlanta senior living community, Oaks Senior Living, worries that it may lessen the quality of life for the caregiver.

A recent report from the Pew Research Center confirms Oaks Senior Living's suspicions. According to the report, serving as a caregiver can take a significant toll on your health. Caregivers are significantly more likely to experience a serious medical emergency or become hospitalized when compared to non-caregivers of similar age and health statuses.

This conclusion concerns Oaks Senior Living. The leader for Senior Living near Buford, Ga., understands how difficult it can be for caregivers to prioritize their own health when their loved one is having health issues of their own.

"It can be difficult for everyone involved to make the transition to assisted care giving instead of relying exclusively on personal care giving," says Linda Smith, Vice President of operations at Oaks Senior Living. "However, personal caregivers tend to overexert themselves, ignoring their health needs in the face of their loved one's health needs. It is important for caregivers to understand and accept their limits so that they can best care for their loved ones."

The community for dementia care in Atlanta does point out that the Pew Research Center report did offer some good news: caregivers are more aware of their overall health than non-caregivers.

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About Oaks Senior Living:

Oaks Senior Living has been providing assisted and senior living for retirees and the elderly since 1998. The Salabarria family who opened their facilities in Braselton and Cumming wanted to provide a home where residents could feel as if it is their own. Their community and its programs promote independence, dignified living and lasting friendships with warm, family and home-like surroundings.

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