The One Thing Every Caregiver Needs


The headline of this article doesn't refer to the results of a scientific study, but on real-life experience. More specifically, the collective experiences of millions of caregivers. The one thing every caregiver needs is the opportunity to connect with other caregivers.

Whether you're taking care of an aging parent with Alzheimer's, or looking after your spouse who's just suffered stroke, the most important revelation you will have as a caregiver is the epiphany that you are not alone. There are men and women out there, just like you, feeling the same feelings, having the same thoughts and experiencing the same struggles.

"I have been on this website for five years. I have made many friends and have a support group like no other. Thank you all for being here. None of us are alone anymore."

"We are all here for each other. Being able to relate to others and sharing the sacrifices and emotional roller coaster ride and has given us the strength we never thought we had."

"Your humanity, wisdom and humor have saved me many times. You have given me the strength to change things for the better. I would never have made it this far without you."

"I come here to feel normal."

"This place helps us vent all our frustrations about caregiving, life and family, so that we can unload our negative baggage and learn to be positive and seek to improve ourselves."

"When I was drowning from inexperience, grief, rage and exhaustion, the wonderful people on this website threw me a lifeline. They gave me love, acceptance and support. I am so grateful."

These are just a few of the sentiments expressed by the incomparable men and women who participate in the Support Groups questions and discussions. In 2014, more than nine million family caregivers found the support and answers they sought on Impressively, members shared their experiences and knowledge by providing 101,916 answers to questions asked by other caregivers.

Never forget: "We are making a difference here, one post at a time."

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The only problem I had was my Mother does not live 0 to 10 miles from me she lives with me in my home.
I believe a stste by state list of care givers would be helpful so people could get to know each other and possibly reach out to others to share break times. I have been at the end of my rope several times and could have used a friend to allow Mother to visit for a day or two and certainly would be glad to do the same for some one else.
I started the survey and then stopped at the second question. You don't have an opportunity to tell about all the people I care for and all the issues. I am caregiver for my mother (95, dementia), father (100, general health decline), and husband (76, colon cancer). While I find this site extremely helpful, I find the survey totally out of sync with my reality.