When a spouse cares for their loved one with alzheimers disease it can lead to the spouse caregiver feeling overburdened and even depressed this can work to exacerbate the problems between the couple and create a rift in the relationship that can sometimes be irreparable. 24 to love unconditionally thats what my mom taught me even though she sometimes had no clue who i was she never stopped loving me it was an honor to be her daughter and caregiver laura j 25 to think of the love patience and the wonderful support of family that keeps me going for my husband with alzheimers nancy n. As a caregiving spouse you may begin to feel very isolated from friends and feel tremendous guilt about your own unmet needs there can also be a sense of loss especially if your spouse suffers from dementia or alzheimers disease so how do you know if caregiving is becoming too risky for you examine this list and see how many apply to you. In fact the journal of american medical association reports that if one is a spousal caregiver between the ages of 66 and 96 and is experiencing ongoing mental or emotional strain as a result of their caregiving duties there is a 63 percent increased risk of dying over those people in the same age group who are not caring for a spouse the combination of loss prolonged stress the physical . I had to ponder this question carefully my own personal fallout came after watching my mother suffer from alzheimers disease i wasnt the primary caregiver but i was helping my dad with everything from a distance and it was hard when i started having crying jags out of nowhere my nurse friend danielle suggested that i consider going to a therapist and or asking my physician for an
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