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Get Support if You Are a Caregiver 


The Basics

When you are taking care of a loved one, make time to care for yourself. The emotional and physical stress of caregiving can cause health problems.

What is a caregiver?
A caregiver is someone who helps a family member, friend, or neighbor who is sick or has a disability. An informal or family caregiver often helps a loved one with basic daily tasks.

You may be a caregiver if you regularly help someone with:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Housework
  • Taking medicine
  • Getting dressed
  • Transportation, like car rides to appointments
  • Managing services, like talking to doctors

About 1 in 4 Americans is a caregiver. Most caregivers have other jobs and spend at least 20 hours a week caring for a loved one.

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