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As a dementia patient, I see how much my wife handles on a daily basis. Caregivers like her are far from invincible, though, and it’s important for the entire family to recognize this and make respite time a regular occurrence.

Dementia-related behaviors can wear on even the most level-headed caregiver. Instead of feeling guilty after lashing out, be honest with yourself and do whatever it takes to ensure it won’t happen again.

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 your strain.

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.

In order to be successful, every caregiver needs a care plan and a team to help them execute it. A well-rounded roster of friends, family and professionals can help you provide quality care and prevent burnout.

One of the best forms of "help" a caregiver can ask for is basic moral support. Knowing that someone acknowledges and understands their hard work can be the difference between success and total burnout. A social network is a must for family caregivers.

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.

When an aging loved one's health begins to fail, families are confronted by a variety of challenging decisions.

Difficult emotions like guilt often bubble up when facing the need to hire in-home care for a senior. Fortunately, there are steps family caregivers can take to restore balance in their lives and feel at peace with the decision to hire help.

When I first became a caregiver, I found refuge in the oddest places. Here's the story of how the local Starbucks practically saved my sanity.

Even when caregivers have access to help, many still come up with excuses to actively refuse assistance. Opening up to the possibility of accepting support ensures you can have a life apart from the needs of your care receiver.

Caregiving is such a unique endeavor that the emotional experiences of family and professional caregivers are often more alike than they are different.

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.

You deserve a break, but how can you avoid spending your respite time worrying about what’s happening at home? Ample planning will ensure your loved one’s needs are met and minimize your anxiety, allowing you to fully disconnect.

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.

Caregiver burnout doesn't always happen all at once--it often sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Learning how to recognize and manage the signs of increasing stress can keep you from becoming overwhelmed.

What are the rule for apologizing after caregiver stress causes you to blowup at a close friend or family member. Learn when (and how) to say you're sorry.

Family caregivers face singular situations and may thus benefit from individualized support, according to a new study.

Here are 5 relaxation tips from nurses who know how to avoid burnout while caring for multiple people with multiple ailments.

Why caregivers lie to their loved ones is the question that a new survey of family caregivers sought to answer. Learn more about the surprising results of AgingCare.com's caregiver survey.
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