6 Shared Emotions of Caregiving

Caregiving is an emotional roller coaster; I experienced the fast track of that ride for many years.  The responsibility of caring for an aging parent or loved one is a bumpy ride with extreme highs and lows.   Shelley Webb of The Intentional Caregiver lovingly describes six emotions shared by caregivers in “6 Emotions Make Beautiful Memories”, and I certainly remember repeatedly feeling all of the following as the guardian for my mother suffering from Alzheimer’s disease: guilt, frustration, worry, sadness, love and gratitude.  Her website has some great information and resources for caregivers dealing with stress, so take a look for some encouragement and support whether your roller coaster is currently chugging uphill or spiraling downwards out of control.

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