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How to Stay Sane and Healthy as a Caregiver Spouse

Being a caregiver can be challenging for many. Add in being a caregiver for a spouse and there is a different kind of wrinkle. The affection for a loved one who may be suffering from dementia, Parkinson’s or another ailment can be at times frustrating however being a spouse gives a sense of loving responsibility. Educating oneself about the diagnosis or recognizing that one may be in for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster can help alleviate some tension. This author has provided these and other insightful tips and advice for being a caregiver for a spouse and making the period more bearable for not only the caregiver spouse but the patient spouse as well.

Key Takeaways:

You will need to recognize that there may be no cure, but that you can choose your own response to the situation
It’s vital to build a circle of support for yourself and loved one, for the well being of all involved
There is no right or wrong way to do things, and while it may be out of your control, you will be doing the best for your loved one
“Certainly educate yourself and your family members about the illness and prognosis. But recognize that each family member will process the situation differently and in their own time.”

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