Emotions – Good or Bad?

by Lois Etienne on August 27, 2012

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Home Instead Senior Care interviewed over a thousand family caregivers across North America to better understand how caregivers are coping.

We learned that individuals caring for a senior parent or other older family member experience a wide range of emotions on their family care giving journey. Many of us believe that feelings such as love and tenderness are good feelings. We also interpret emotions like anger, frustration or resentment as bad or somehow wrong.

This can complicate things, because we may feel guilty about the emotions we think we shouldn’t feel. But really, there are no good or bad emotions, there are just emotions. Sadly, many family caregivers struggle with difficult emotions and end up repressing those feelings.

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Tina W. August 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Yes, caregiving of a loved one can be more stressful than for a non-family member, especially if you live in the same house. My husband and I took care of his paternal grandfather in our second year of marriage. He had had numerous bad experiences with caregivers before we were asked to move to the central valley of California to assist him. The new location, new caregiving role as well as being newly-wed made the transition challenging to say the least! But we learned to work together, communicate graciously and ask for help when needed. Our newly found faith community rallied around us and provided meal fixings for the holidays which was a great blessing since “Pop,” was placed on Hospice shortly afterwards. We had anticipated having a few more years with him, but he died peacefully at home just after Christmas in 2004. Although it was a difficult at times, I would not change a thing. Caregiving strengthened my marriage and honored my husband’s grandfather when he needed it most. It is a sweet memory in my life journey!


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