The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book Chronological Order: The Fine Print for a Large Life, written by Jill Yesko and Laurean Kile.
Even the most loving and supportive families will find it a challenge helping to care for an aging parent. It is a very emotional time watching your parents decline in health and knowing that they are coming to the end of their lives. It is especially physically exhausting if you are the family caregiver, and you must be aware that caregiver burnout is a real thing!
Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. It happens when help isn’t available, or if a caregiver tries to do more than he or she has the time, money, or energy to manage.
The early signs of burning out are when you find yourself becoming irritable and strained. You might start to feel angry. You may also feel like you are being pulled in a million different directions as you try to maintain your life and the duties of caregiving.
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