CARING FOR FAMILY IN LATER LIFE

Attention is often given to the pressures on young families with all the work and difficulties that bringing up a family entails but we now have caring from the other end of the spectrum.

Middle aged to elderly people looking after their even more elderly parents.

With so much time spent caring, sometimes it seems almost impossible to think about yourself and your partner.  However, difficult as it is, and occasionally impossible, it is very important to create some space to spend time together and not to talk about the parents and caring.

Caring for elderly parents can be stressful and demanding and we often take out our feelings of resentment on our nearest and dearest. Try to be understanding with one another and talk about your feelings.

Just the two of us

As well as supporting one another you can use other people to help in sharing difficult issues.

Do talk to other carers on the Carers UK online forum. What you’re going through is terribly lonely. Getting the support of people who know what it’s really like and have experience helping with this kind of situation can be bigger than the sum of its parts. For expert advice on getting help with caring, contact their Adviceline on 0808 808 7777.

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