Caregiver Stress

  • Is Caring for Aging Parents More Stressful Than Getting Divorced?

    When an aging loved one's health begins to fail, families are confronted by a variety of challenging decisions. Making care decisions for aging parents has been identified as a significant life stressor.

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  • Apologizing After Caregiver Stress Causes a Blowup

    Caregiving is a stressful job even during the best of times. Don't be too hard on yourself if you blow up from time to time but do look for reasons why you are feeling angry or frustrated and learn how to offer a sincere apology.

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  • Caregiver Anxiety: How to Overcome Anxiety, Stress & Worry

    Stress is normal for caregivers. But constant worrying, unrelenting doubts and pre-occupation with worst-case scenarios can be unproductive and even paralyzing. Recognize the triggers of anxiety, stop worrying and reduce stress in daily life.

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  • Strategies for Coping with Caregiver Stress

    The demands on a person caring for elderly parents or an aging spouse can result in a great deal of stress. Learn to recognize the signs of caregiver stress and discover coping strategies for controlling stress while caring for a loved one.

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  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a caregiver, do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burnout and see what resources can help reduce the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Saying “No” to Family Drama while Caregiving

    Relationships are often strained when a serious illness and caregiving enter the picture. If your interactions with family members are increasingly stressful and negative, it may be time to stand up for yourself and set some boundaries.

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  • Compassion Fatigue: When Caregivers Go Beyond Burnout

    Although caregivers are often cautioned against the dangers of burnout, there is an even more serious phenomenon called compassion fatigue that can be detrimental to both care providers and recipients.

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  • When Is It Time to Place a Loved One with Dementia in a Long-Term Care Facility?

    Family members often struggle with decisions regarding memory care. There is no downside to placing a senior with dementia in a facility too soon, however there are many consequences of waiting too long.

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  • A Self-Help Approach to Coping with Caregiver Stress

    It is easy to get caught up in caring for others and forget to take care of yourself. However, staying healthy mentally and physically directly affects the quality of care and interaction that you are able to provide for others.

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  • How to Engage in Self-Care While Grieving

    Grief is an inescapable part of caregiving. We mourn an aging loved one’s physical and cognitive losses as they decline and eventually mourn their death. Self-care is vital to a caregiver’s physical and mental health throughout the grieving process.

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  • Caregivers Can Be Each Other’s Best Friend

    After more than 40 years, my childhood friend and I reconnected several years ago and were amazed to find that we fell back into step after all of those years. Our common connection: caregiving.

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  • Adult Day Care Guards Against Caregiver Stress

    Adult day care is an often underused service by those taking care of elderly loved ones. For dementia caregivers, utilizing adult day care services may help significantly reduce caregiving stress.

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  • Life As a Caregiver: How to Make Tough Care Decisions

    Caregivers often face challenging decisions regarding their loved ones’ care. Here are some strategies for maintaining your sanity, even when making the most difficult choices.

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  • The Sneaky Side of Caregiver Burnout

    Caregiver burnout doesn't happen all at once—it often sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Learning how to recognize the signs of increasing stress can help you act quickly to keep from becoming completely overwhelmed.

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  • Humor Shared Among Caregivers Is Therapeutic

    Caregivers are faced with overwhelming stress and difficult care decisions daily. Finding opportunities to laugh and ways to incorporate a little humor into your routine will lift your spirits and bring proven health benefits.

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  • In Caregiving, Anxiety Can Be Contagious

    Family caregivers live in particularly high-stress, high-stakes environments where anxiety and depression can quickly take root. Left unchecked, these natural emotions can endanger a caregiver’s health and even be transferred to their care recipient.

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  • Coping With Caregiver Anger

    Feelings of anger, frustration and resentment are all too common when caring for an aging loved one. Identifying how you cope with these emotions can help you devise strategies for managing caregiver anger in healthier ways.

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  • Why Helping Other Caregivers May Make You Happier

    Participation in support groups and forums can be a good way for caregivers to reap the benefits of another kind of service-induced euphoria: the helper therapy principle. Both the helpers and the helped can benefit from caregiver support groups.

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  • Beat Caregiver Burnout, Be Honest With Yourself and Others

    Many caregivers experience "caregiver burnout" after a period of caring for an elderly loved one. Learn to recognize, avoid, and prevent caregiver burnout by remembering to make yourself a priority.

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  • 6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

    The nature of providing care for an elderly loved one can sometimes become too much, leading to exhaustion, stress, and eventual burnout. Be on the lookout for the common signs of caregiver burnout.

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