caregiver burnout

Accepting Dependence on Care from Others

Dr. Seuss once said, “To the world, you may be one person. But to one person, you may be the world.” From your perspective, who is most present in your every day? Who supports you, offers companionship, and imparts meaning into your life? For many of our readers, it is a caregiver. If you’re the caregiver – it may be the senior you care for. When we find ourselves in situations that call for it, most of us know to approach elder care gently. We take notice of and are sensitive to the frail health of many seniors, but we…

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Daddy’s Not-So Little Girl: Daughter Caregivers and their Fathers

This Father’s Day, we celebrate the men in our lives who raised us, provided for us and helped mold us into the people we are today. A great dad can be a family leader and hero in their children’s eyes. But if you are a family member providing long-term care for your father, you might need to be reminded that you are a hero too. Family members may be the most immediate option for providing or managing long-term care. They are intimately connected to the seniors they love. They know details about their health, character, preferences, finances and future plans….

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Signs of Caregiver Burnout

While caring for a senior loved one can be very rewarding, the responsibility can quickly cause damaging stress for the caregiver. This is especially true for those in the sandwich generation – middle-aged adults that care for an aging parent while raising their own children. Constant worry over a loved one’s needs can cause you to forget about your own. Without proper support and management, the stress of your caregiving responsibilities can ultimately lead to caregiver burnout. You may have reached burnout if: You seem to be on a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute you are in good spirits, but then…

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