Abusive Relationship

  • 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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  • Detaching With Love: Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships

    Caring for a loved one who is critical, abusive or impossible to please can be damaging to your health and well-being. Learn to set personal boundaries to provide care in a safe and sane manner.

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  • Elders Who Abuse Their Family Caregivers

    Caregivers struggle to maintain their own physical and mental health while providing care for loved ones who mistreat them. Learning to set boundaries, seek out help, and respect your limits can help you cope with abusive behaviors.

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  • Handling Controlling Elderly Parents

    If you're caring for a senior who tries to take charge of everything and everyone around them, use these tips to help you handle their overbearing behavior while maintaining your own physical and mental health.

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  • Caring for Aging Parents Who Didn’t Care for You

    Caring for aging parents is complicated enough, but for those who endured abusive and neglectful childhoods, caregiving can reopen old wounds and cause new trauma. Choosing whether to participate in a parent’s care is tough, but you do have options.

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  • Dementia Patients and Their Hurtful "Lies"

    Memory loss is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up stories and false accusations. The latter symptom is upsetting for caregivers, who are often the targets of these behaviors.

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  • How to Cope with a Senior’s Complaining and Negativity

    Some seniors are chronic complainers, but it's important for a family caregiver to understand there are some valid sources of negativity in aging adults. Explore sources of negativity in seniors and identify when negative behaviors are a red flag.

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  • Dealing with an Elderly Parent's Bad Behavior

    The Caregiver Forum is filled with stories of demanding elderly parents, personality changes, hallucinations, and temper tantrums. Fellow caregivers share their advice on dealing with an aging loved one’s personality changes and difficult behaviors.

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  • Caregivers Can Be Abused, Too

    Although elderly and disabled individuals are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, family caregivers can also be targets of physical and emotional mistreatment. What can a caregiver do when they are being victimized by their care recipient?

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  • Forgiving Your Parent for How They Treated You in the Past

    How do caregivers who were neglected or abused find it in themselves to forget the past, and care for their elderly family member?

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  • Caregivers can Celebrate Mother's Day With Forgiveness

    Celebrate Mother's Day by remembering the women who've helped us throughout our lives. Now,as caregivers, it is our turn to care for them. Gain insight into your mothers life and forgive her for what may have been less than perfect mothering practices.

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  • "I Love My Mom But I Don't Like Her."

    We may love our parents because they are family, but that doesn't necessarily mean we like them as people. When caregiving responsibilities fall to you, how do you take care of parents who you don't like?

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