12 Tips to Help Spousal Caregivers Through Hard Times
WHILE FAMILY MEMBERS providing care for loved ones share many issues, there’s a different emotional dynamic for spousal caregivers than for adult children caring for a parent. Betsy E. Wurzel, spousal caregiver for her husband Matt Sloan, can attest to this. Matt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD), at age 56.
was aware of Betsy’s background and asked her about how different spousal caregiving is from caring for a parent, and what this means for their future:
“What it means to me for Matt to have Alzheimer’s and need my care is, it is the most heartbreaking journey to watch your spouse deteriorate and I’m helpless to stop it! I had a parent with Alzheimer’s. Caring for a spouse is much different. No retirement years for Matt and me!”
View the complete slideshow on HealthCentral for tips on helping a spousal caregiver through hard times:
Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “For anyone having to walk the last segments of life with a loved one, read this.” …Delores
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