A number of studies have shown the stresses of caregiving can be difficult emotionally, mentally and physically. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, about 60 percent of caregivers show signs of clinical depression, and many more suffer from physical stress or illness because they do not allow themselves enough time to rest or seek medical help.
However, a light caregiving role may be good for seniors, according to new research from Boston University. Loretha Loggins is living proof of the study, according to the Centre Daily Times. Loggins, 83, is a retired nursing assistant who volunteers at a senior care program in her area.
"I love the little seniors," Loggins told the news outlet. "We laugh and have a good time."
Even though most seniors Loggins works with are younger than her by at least a decade, many prefer having an older adult responsible for their care.
"People like a more mature caregiver because of that shared life experience," Dan Wieberg, spokesman for Home Instead Senior Care, told the news outlet.
In addition to meeting the preferences of seniors, light caregiving tasks like those that Loggins completes were found in the BU study to improve both physical and cognitive function in the elderly.