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Caring for the Caregivers - Part 2 "Who Are We - A Time for Introspection"

In last Sunday's blog, we discussed how caregiving and stress are usually synonymous. "The reason why we say this is because reactions to stress are usually brought on by the caretaker's neglect of their own needs," states certified elder law Attorney RJ Connelly III. "Everyone is subject to stress, no matter how well-balanced we may be, however, there are some people who are more susceptible to becoming physically and emotionally ill from it. There are several factors that play into this problem and the seeds of susceptibility may have been planted long before a person takes on the caregiving role."

Why do I feel this way?

But wait a minute? Are we saying that it is your fault that you have stress? Is caring for someone with dementia not stressful? Not at all, it's incredibly stressful, but it is survivable and can be extremely rewarding!