Like anything, being a caregiver has its blessings and burdens. When we are thrust into the position of caregiver, whether gradually or with a big bang, we do our best to figure it out. While ultimately, it is up to us to figure it out, there are books and websites to offer guidance on this journey.
The information you find here on Caregiver Stress is a great resource, and there are plenty of books to guide you along the way as well. There is one resource, however, that is often overlooked—camaraderie. Having a group of people who are going through the same trials and the same joys is a resource no book or article can replace.
If you're there, chances are, so is someone else. As alone as we can often feel, our situations aren't always as unique as we think they are. Who hasn't felt as though many days, there are more questions than answers, and more hours than energy? Other days, we find our confidence and the laughter and enjoyment to fuel us on for a little while longer. Our journeys may not be identical, but our paths certainly overlap and cross at many points.
Let's be honest, though. Sometimes it is a lonely journey.
Loneliness and isolation aren't only a threat for the seniors we care for; it's a real threat for every caregiver out there. Caregivers often tend to their needs last, especially when it comes to social interaction. With a life overflowing with responsibilities, friends are the sometimes the easiest thing to cross off that growing to-do list.
While real-life people are the optimal choice for support, I hope we all will create a sense of community here. This blog will run the gambit of serious, informative and light-hearted—just like our real lives. It is a place where you can comment and share your own stories and words of wisdom and support. And remember, judge not lest ye be judged. After all, we're all just trying to figure out our best path on this long caregiver journey.
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