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Emotional Ups & Downs of Family Caregiving: Emotional Aspects of Caregiving (2 of 4)

Most caregivers said that they feel both loved and overwhelmed; many other said that they feel both frustration and appreciation. And still others feel both anxious and satisfied. Dr. Amy D'Aprix, a care giving expert says that experiencing these mixed emotions is normal. Caregiving is similar to other life events such as marriage and children that can also bring conflicting feelings.

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  1. October 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Posted by Gayle Killian

    I wanted to pass on this advice to all you caregivers. Be very careful on who you have in your home giving you a "breaK" with your loved one. I recently hired a woman to just do this and had a very valuable ring taken that day. I cain't prove it so lost an heirloom that had been in our family for years. So, put things of value off the premises. These people are good!! They know where to find things!! I have learned a tough lesson and have been totally sick about it. I hope this doesn't happen to you!!


  2. October 11, 2012 at 10:11 am | Posted by sandy

    I HAVE BEEN TAKING CARE OF MY MOM FOR eight years advanced pd and some dementia and i would like to be able to communicate with other caregivers


    • October 30, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Posted by Gayle Killian

      I understand what you are saying. If you cain't get out very often it is nice to be able to talk to someone on line atleast. I am sending you my e-mail and if you would like to get together on line and talk please let me know. I care for a 80 yr. old lady and live in Or. Would love to talk w/you. Gayle


  3. September 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Posted by Roxie

    Thanks for addressing the emotions of caregivers. I have felt that way as a caregiver and so have friends of mine. The one being cared for and the caregiver are suffering in different ways in different degrees. Both need encouragement. It helps to know that the bible promises that all suffering will end soon. It says: "And no resident will say I am sick..." (Isaiah 33:24)


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