Pamela D. Wilson

CAREGIVERS RISK THEIR HEALTH TO CARE FOR OTHERS

Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease are at the Greatest Risk for Physical and Mental Declines.

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I’m Pamela D. Wilson, Caregiving Advocate, Expert, & Author. Since 2000, caregivers have been saying to me:

“I feel guilty and angry. There are times when I don’t know what to do. I find it difficult to say no. Family members refuse to help. My parent is stubborn. Friends don’t understand. I am trapped caregiving for a family member for whom I no longer have an emotional connection. My physical and emotional health is near breakdown. I have lost friends. My brothers and sisters are arguing over the care situation. I love my husband (or wife) but this isn’t the retirement I imagined. Being a caregiver is destroying my life. The healthcare system is broken. No one cares. Help is non-existent. I don’t know where to turn for help or who to trust. What do you mean Medicare doesn’t pay for care? My parents didn’t save for retirement, now what? I made a mistake because didn’t ask the right questions; ignorance is dangerous.”

Caregiving isn’t for the faint of heart. Caregiving is serious work. To be successful, caregivers must learn to advocate for themselves and for the persons for whom they care. They must learn to set boundaries to care for themselves. Caregiving isn’t an easy role.

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No thanks, I’m doing great. I don’t need any help. I can do this on my own (Do you sound exactly like your parents who refuse care?)

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