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GAP1954 posted:
There have been a great number of posts and responses dealing with the burden of emotional, physical and spiritual stress that Caregivers live with and all too often become sick with - some to a point where they must now receive care. While there are no easy steps to take in handling the actual work of caregiving, there are some techniques and outlooks that can help you cope with some of the stress.

As a Caregiver, the first (and sometimes most important) realization that you must discover is this "Caregiving has an end" . Age has no cure and as sad as it is, death ends the task of caregiving. So much of what we do as caregivers seems to centered around trying to cure or at least change the road of life our loved ones are traveling. May I suggest to you that finding ways to make the journey less anxiety-filled, less painful, less frightening needs to be the overwhelming purpose of our caregiving. Our attempts to hold on to our loved ones often are more for our benefit than theirs.

The Caregiver Foundation of America's latest newsletter focuses four articles on stress and caregivers - you can sign up to receive the newsletter free at www.thecaregiverfoundation.com or please feel free to email me directly and I might be able to help you with some specific advice. But - as others have advised - "hang in there" .

Gary
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