Personal emergency response system may afford caregivers some leisure time


February 7, 2011

A new study has found that an all-work-and-no-play mentality may lead to serious health consequences and researchers are now emphasizing the importance of leisure time among adults, especially baby boomers.

"This generation really pushes to gain the American Dream and thinks nothing of putting in long hours or forgoing vacations for only long weekends," Dr. E. Christine Moll told Caisius College Magazine. "They often find it hard to put the breaks on, catch their breath and relax."

Stress from too much work can affect both the mind and body. Some boomers who may be the most stressed are those who are part of the sandwich generation. These Americans are tending to the needs of both a senior parent and adult children.

This can make it very difficult to find a moment's rest. Family caregivers may want to consider installing a personal emergency response system in an older adult's residence. This device can allow seniors to immediately send a medical alert if they need assistance, which means that other family members may not have to check on their health as often.

Moll suggests that the ideal leisure activity isn't competitive. Instead, it's something the participant freely chooses. It can also help add structure to the day.

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