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Is there a web site where I can chat with other caregivers?

 

Question:  Is there a web site that I can chat back and forth with people who are caregivers? I would find it helpful to discuss my problems with others and they can discuss problems with me.

Dr. Amy:  The beauty of chat rooms is that you can connect with people without leaving your home. Many chat rooms are organized around particular conditions or diseases. For example, the Alzheimer’s Association offers chat rooms for people with Alzheimer’s Disease, and the American Cancer Society provides chat rooms for people with cancer. Many are open to both people with the disease as well as caregivers. I encourage you to visit the websites of the organizations that support the disease or condition of the person you are caring for.

Type, “Chat room” in the search field when you are the main page, and you will be directed to the chat rooms if they have them. You will be asked to register before you join. In addition to chat rooms, many organizations operate message boards—sometimes called forums, which can also be a great source of support. The National Family Caregivers Association (thefamilycaregiver.org) and Caring.com (caring.com) are examples. A number of organizations are planning to create or expand the online support they provide in the coming months. As with everything, you always want to make sure that you are dealing with reputable organizations. You also want to avoid giving out information that identifies you personally. I am interested in readers’ experiences with caregiving chat rooms and forums. I’d like to invite readers to share their experiences using the comment section.

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  1. November 5, 2020 at 10:00 am | Posted by Pauline

    I get so lonely and very down

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  2. August 23, 2020 at 7:05 pm | Posted by Patricia Cook

    I am a 73 year old woman who takes care of her 81 year old husband. He gets very frustrated and angry when he can't do things. He takes it out on me. This is very stressful for me. I am his scapegoat. This happens almost everyday. I feel lonely and need to chat with people who are going through basically the same thing. I do love him but sometimes I feel so hurt and angry.

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    • December 18, 2020 at 11:35 pm | Posted by Margaret Wright

      I am 80 and the caregiver of my husband who is 84. we have been married for 60 years! I am nearly blind and have had to take over all the finances! I am not well, and have just had a partial mastectomy. I will now have to go thru radiation but it will be only 5 treatments! Thankl God they cought it in time! This is my 3rd bought w/ Cancer! My husband is now in a wheelchair! There is no pleasing him! he blames me for everything! He is now losing his sight to macular degeneration! I have 3rd Nerve palsy and my field of vision is limited! My spouse blames me for every thing that goes wrong! Besides his failing sight he is hard of hearing! I have to yell to get his attention Neither of us can drive any longer! UI ghave a house keeper that comes in 2 times a week! I do the cooking! he is very demanding! If I do not fix exaxtly what he wants he complains! Since my surgery 101 days ago I have been in pain! One of the problems that I have been experiencing is that I now have vertigo(dizzsiness! I was going to balance therapy! however since my Breast Surgery I have had to stop that due to the paing with the Harness! He gets me up at 6 AM wanting Breakfast. He wants the full works! i,e, Eggs Benedict, or Ham & Eggs, Lox Cream Chees & Bagels ! os Poached Salmon & Eggs along with Fresh Fruit of a Protien Shake! Since I have been quite sore, I try to nap! He wants a full lunch around noon! Sandwich is not enough! He wants things like Chicken Fried Steak or Baked Chicken & Dressing! The same for Dinner! He does not like frozen Entrees, and wants every thing freshly prepared!

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