Caregiver Emotions Can Provide Roller Coaster Rides

November 2, 2012



It’s Common for a Family Caregiver to Experience a Wide Range of Emotions when Caring for a Loved One

Family caregivers tell us that providing care for a loved one can be a combination of high and low emotions.  Family caregivers report that they can experience appreciation and satisfaction in completing tasks for aging parents.  Additionally, they may feel anxious while satisfied in their role.  Or, caregiver emotions may erupt in a tangled web of feelings  — sometimes in the same afternoon!

Please click here to view one part of a video series on the emotional aspects of caregiving Mary Alexander, Home Instead Senior Care’s representative, spells out the many emotions that family caregivers may experience while caring for loved ones.

Some emotions highlighted in this video include:

1.  Anxiety

2.  Depression

3.  Moodiness

4.  Feeling out of control

Serving as a family caregiver does not need to be a one-man chore. If you are finding that your job as a caregiver is one of emotional ups and downs, please check out resources such as Area Agency on Aging that may offer information about respite care, caregiver classes and other support opportunities.

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