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7 Tips for New Caregivers

Some people are thrust into the role of caregiver abruptly. After a loved one has a sudden illness, he or she may obviously need a lot of help.

But often, caregiving is a gradual process with few clear dividing lines. How do you know when you've really become a caregiver? When is it time to start taking more control over a relative's life -- and to start taking control away? And how will your new responsibilities caring for someone else affect the rest of your life?

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Seven Tips for Caregivers

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on December 14, 2014
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