7 Tried-And-True Ways To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

November 3, 2014 1:11 PM

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Don't fly solo. Get help. There are some life tasks that just shouldn't be attempted alone and caregiving is one of them. If the person being cared for is a parent, all siblings -- regardless of where they live or their financial state -- need to step up. A more typical dynamic that emerges among adult siblings though, is that one generally bubbles to the surface as the primary caregiver and the others let her -- yes, it is most often a woman (66 percent), according to the National Center on Caregiving.

Resentments ensue when siblings don't share the job and things can quickly get messy in the family relationships department. Old conflicts are revisited, claims of poverty are challenged, and statements such as "Mom always liked you better anyway" are heard. For the record, only 10 percent of primar...

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