"Sandwiched" between caring for aging parents and a chronically ill child can wear anyone down. Staying positive and avoiding caregiver burnout requires conscious effort, but it can be done.
If you are a helper, you already know that eagerly helping others is not always a positive experience. Society and others encourage us to help if we can, but how do we know when or who to help?
About 1 in 3 US citizens are providing care for an older adult. Facts, tips and methods to cope with difficulties are discussed. Caregiver burnout symptoms are reviewed, as is coping with the difficulties of caring for a loved one.
This article provides information on some of the barriers caregivers encounter in taking care of themselves. It also offers suggestions for others to help or offer care.