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(p. 29) Risk Area 2: Keeping the Caregiver Physically Healthy 

(p. 29) Risk Area 2: Keeping the Caregiver Physically Healthy
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(p. 29) Risk Area 2: Keeping the Caregiver Physically Healthy
Author(s):

Louis D. Burgio

and Matthew J. Wynn

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190855949.003.0004
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date: 13 April 2021

This chapter describes one of the five risk areas, namely, caregiver physical health. Outcomes in caregiver intervention research commonly have focused on the mental health or psychosocial consequences of caregiving. Caregiving can be a prolonged stressor, however, and caregivers may be at risk for conditions such as high blood pressure or other negative physical health symptoms. This chapter focuses on basic education regarding caregiver health by referring clinicians and caregivers to the Healthy Lifestyle Guide, located in the Appendix. When caregiver health issues are identified through the risk assessment, clinicians can reference this chapter as they create their Action Plans targeting improvement in caregiver physical health.

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