What is a caregiver? A caregiver is an unpaid family member, friend, or neighbor who provides care to an individual who has a condition and needs help.

Pituitary disorders can dramatically affect the caregivers relationship and life. Caregivers can be thrust into a role they are not prepared for.The patient will experience emotional, social, physical and financial impacts from their disorder.  As a caregiver, you were probably dealing with some of these things long before a diagnosis was made. Adapting to your new reality may not be easy, but you are not alone. The Alberta Pituitary Patient Society is here to provide a support system to caregivers. You need as much information and support as the patient needs.

Caregivers experience both positives and negatives in their roles.

On the plus side: 

  • 77 percent of respondents rate their relationship with the person they assist as high
  • 70 percent rate their own physical health as high
  • 69 percent rate their relationships with their friends as high
  • 67 percent rate their happiness as high

On the down side:

  • More than half of caregivers rate their satisfaction with their weight as low
  •  43 percent rated their social life low 
  • One-third rate their satisfaction with their relationship with their siblings low
  • 32 percent rate their level of happiness low.

There are real risks to your mental and physical health. As caregivers we need to be informed. We also have to focus on ourselves. We need to be healthy and happy ourselves to be able to provide the best care to our loved ones.                                

Caregiving Strategies

  • Take care of yourself.
  • Ask questions. There is no such things as a dumb question.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Remember that your family is a resource.
  • Focus on what you are able to provide.
  • Set realistic goals.
  • Seek social support.
  • See your doctor.

Watch for signs these signs. If any of these signs are present please contact your doctor. 

  • Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried.
  • Feeling tired most of the time.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight.
  • Becoming easily irritated or angry.
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy.
  • Feeling sad.
  • Having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems.
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medication.

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