For many caregivers, they are of similar age to the person they are caring for. It’s especially true when a husband or wife suddenly finds themselves in the caregiving role.
While on some levels we expect to be there and provide all our loved one needs, what we don’t anticipate is how suddenly we can feel overwhelmed by the life in front of us.
As a spouse or partner, you are probably of similar age. You may have arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, or another chronic condition that brings about its own challenges. And before you know it, caregiving and self-care suddenly begin competing for your time.
And we all know which one usually wins.
How can you balance your own needs with the growing demands of your spouse?
In many ways, it’s no different than how you lived in the past. It’s a matter of simply making the time for the two of you. Ensuring each of your needs are met, given the time and priority they deserve. [Read more…]