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 With Difficult Elderly Parents

    Whether you're providing hands-on care or managing care decisions, setting boundaries with difficult elderly parents enables family caregivers to provide care while safeguarding their own mental health.

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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 detach, set boundaries, seek respite care and respect your limits can help you cope with an elder’s abusive behavior.

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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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  • Confabulation in Dementia Can Feel Like Hurtful Lies

    Memory loss is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up hurtful stories and level false accusations toward their caregivers.

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

    Dealing with negative elderly parents can be tough. Some seniors are chronic complainers, but there can be valid reasons for these difficult moods and behaviors. Explore causes of negativity in elders and identify when these behaviors are a red flag.

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  • Dealing with an Elderly Parent’s Bad Behavior

    Caregivers often deal with unusual, unruly and difficult behaviors from their aging parents. We’ve compiled 10 “bad” behaviors that elders exhibit, and offer tips for coping with them.

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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 the spirit of Mother's Day by realizing that the sainted ideal of motherhood is a myth. No one is perfect, and gaining insight into your mother's childhood may inspire you to move on with your own life.

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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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