The strain of caring for an elderly relative can cause stress, depression, anxiety and feeling of being overwhelmed. Connect with other caregivers who are share your feelings and learn how to cope.
Articles About Caregiver Strain
- How to Stop Engaging in Unhealthy Behaviors to Relieve Stress
People who are under a lot of pressure, like family caregivers, often find it difficult to practice self-care. Use the following steps to work through unhealthy coping mechanisms and find beneficial activities that will more effectively relieve stress.
- All Caregivers Have Angry Days
As a caregiver, I know I'm allowed to have an 'angry day' now and again. During those times, I try to remind myself of the little things that Charlie does that I really love.
- Giving Thanks for Caregivers
I wrote this piece on Thanksgiving, but it has meaning 365 days a year. We'd be LOST without our caregivers.
- This Personality Trait Could Double Your Risk of Alzheimer’s
A new study has found that women with certain personality traits may have double the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
- The Deadly Consequences of Loneliness
What happens to your body when your social life starts to deteriorate along with your loved one's health? New research illuminates the deadly consequences of loneliness.
- Taking a Moment to Celebrate the Good Things about Caregiving
I, like most caregivers, need a sounding board to let off steam. It's either sound off to some anonymous computer screen or sound off to our loved ones. I choose the computer, and you, as the lesser of two evils.
- My Parents Put My Caregiving Skills to the Test This Week
My caregiving skills were challenged this past week when I had to help my father prepare for a colonoscopy and my mother ended up in the hospital.
- Caregiving in a Multi-Generational Household
Busy adult caregivers may unintentionally place caregiving responsibilities on the shoulders of children who are unprepared to handle them.
- Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver: Part I
Navigating my father-in-law's health care over the past few months had been like riding a roller coaster. It seemed like things were getting better, but why was I still so tired, frustrated and hurt?
- How Caregiving Can Change Your Personality
There are many ways that caregiving can change your personality. Looking after an aging loved one can bring out the best and worst parts of your temperament.
- What Happens When Teenagers Become Caregivers
I recently received an email that perfectly encapsulates the challenges that can happen when teenagers become caregivers.
- A Good, Hard Cry
I used to think that, because I was a caregiver, I wasn't allowed to cry--it was a sign of weakness. Until one day I just couldn't hold it in any longer.
- The Great Escape: Why Every Caregiver Needs One
I ran away today. I suppose it was long overdue.
- A Caregiver with a Sweet Tooth
I used to be a healthy eater, then dad got sick. His eating habits changed, and so did mine.
- Seeking Sanctuary in the Shower
My husband’s diagnosis brought forth a host of emotions. I was new to caregiving and seeing him suffer was causing me to crack. The only place I was free to be afraid and cry quickly became my refuge.
- God Bless the Caregivers
Day-to-day annoyances wear on caregivers after a while. Sometimes, all we can do is grit our teeth, focus on the positives and try our best to get through it.
- Are Caregivers at Higher Risk for Fibromyalgia?
Caregivers are under a tremendous amount of physical strain and stress. Does caregiving lead to fibromyalgia, a painful condition that causes long-term, body-wide pain?
- 11 Ways to Stop Caregiver-Related Depression
Caregivers' risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of non-caregivers. Use these tools to combat depression and find a treatment plan that is right for you.
- How can I stop caregiving from putting a strain on my marriage?
Caregiving can sometimes cause marriages to lead to divorce if you're not careful. Here is hw to prevent your marriage from ending in divorce from caregiving.