Do any of the following types of situations sound familiar and you are stepping in and providing or coordinating assistance? It's time to start considering yourself as a caregiver:
A health problem is cramping your mother's lifestyle and she can't get to shopping or social or medical visits on her own.
You are helping out with a parent's financial issues.
Home maintenance is slipping - the grass is overgrown, things are broken, but not repaired.
The refrigerator is poorly stocked and food is going bad.
Your grandfather has died and your grandmother is alone for the first time in 40 years.
Dad seems distracted on the phone and you are concerned about his memory.
There is a wealth of caregiving resources, support groups and other information for all different kinds of caregivers.
For more information and resources in Wisconsin, visit:
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The symptoms of caregiver stress or burnout are similar to the symptoms of stress and depression.
Health ProblemsEmotional ProblemsSleep ProblemsLoss of interest
Learn more about caregiver burnout and where to find help.
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