Monday, 6 May 2019

When carers are burnt out, who cares for them?

It is estimated that there are over 210,000 caregivers and counting in an ageing Singapore, with some 70% of them aged 40 and above.

Anyone caring for a frail or disabled loved one will experience fatigue and stress and eventually into a state of mental and physical exhaustion known as caregiver burnout.

Among carers of stroke survivors, 40.2% have depressive symptoms, according to a 2017 study by the Institute of Mental Health and the National University of Singapore.

Carers of cancer patients are also at greater risk of developing depression than the general population, according to a Singapore Medical Journal study.

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