Did it ever cross our mind that we caregivers might be the first one to go six feet under and leave our parents helpless?

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Can't help but sometimes feel that way. I have aged 40 years in the past 18 yrs of caring for my mom. I worry sometimes what if.

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Absolutely! ...and I've seen it happen. Care giving is one of the most stressful things we can do and we know stress leads to a host of health problems. It's especially hard because it's often a 24-7-365 situation where we get no break or respite. If a caregiver is concerned about this it's a good idea to see an attorney or get in contact with someone who could help your elder/loved one in your absence. One hour with an elder law attorney could save you a lot of stress and worry. You might also talk with your local Area Agency on Aging - there should be one in each county - to see if they have ombudsmen that can help make arrangements should something happen to you. If your elder/loved one is incapacitated and assigned a PoA to you, you might be able to name a replacement but it depends on the laws in your state. Good luck!
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Well, what if you get the flu or break your wrist or . . . 8 years caregiving, I've never been sick.
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