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How can staying positive help as a caregiver?

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  • Caregiving can be really tough. But even on the hardest days, there may be things that you can reframe in a better light. For instance, caregiving may give you: A sense of purpose
  • A closer relationship with your loved one
  • Fulfillment in giving back to someone you love
  • Good feelings about yourself
  • Satisfaction knowing that your loved one gets great care A sense of knowing how your loved one is doing, firsthand.

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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