Am I Suffering From Caregivers Stress?

Taking care of a parent is truly a Labor of Love. Dynamics of relationships change when the adult child makes the decision to be the caregiver for their aging parent. Instead of being the son or daughter to their parent, the adult child is now the caregiver to a sometimes demanding older adult. This paradigm shift can be difficult for the adult child. Instead of visiting their parent and watching television while eating ice cream, the adult child finds themselves cleaning, cooking, taking care of bills, and making sure their parent is taking their medication properly. This can take a toll on the adult child as well as their family. The Sandwich Generation is tasked with taking care of their family as well as aging parents. At times, this can be overwhelming, causing fatigue and illness for the adult child caregiver. The following are signs of caregiver stress:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Becoming easily irritated or angered
  • Feeling constantly worried
  • Often feeling sad
  • Frequent headaches, bodily pain, or other physical problems
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs

If you are experiencing the effects of caregiver stress, consider moving your loved one to an assisting living facility. After making the move, visit and enjoy your parent instead of worrying about their safety.

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