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How can I keep up with my social life if I'm a caregiver?

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Stay active and social. If caregiving takes over your life, you’re likely to burn out. Make time for friends, even if it’s just tea or a phone call after your loved one goes to sleep. And keep up with hobbies, community groups, and activities that bring you joy and meaning.

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Emotional Side of Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: “Informal Caregiving for Older Americans: An Analysis of the 2011 National Study of Caregiving. Balance of Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving.”

HelpGuide.org: “Caregiver Stress and Burnout, Family Caregiving.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Grief and Loss as Alzheimer’s Progresses.”

Help for Cancer Caregivers: “Coping Emotionally.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Development and Family Studies: “Caregivers Experience Difficult Emotions.”

American Psychological Association: “Positive Aspects of Caregiving.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Physical and Mental Effects of Family Caregiving.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Emotional Side of Caregiving.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: “Informal Caregiving for Older Americans: An Analysis of the 2011 National Study of Caregiving. Balance of Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving.”

HelpGuide.org: “Caregiver Stress and Burnout, Family Caregiving.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Grief and Loss as Alzheimer’s Progresses.”

Help for Cancer Caregivers: “Coping Emotionally.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Human Development and Family Studies: “Caregivers Experience Difficult Emotions.”

American Psychological Association: “Positive Aspects of Caregiving.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Physical and Mental Effects of Family Caregiving.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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