We asked Barry J. Jacobs, a clinical psychologist and family therapist who has also been a family caregiver, what challenges family caregivers these days. Mr. Jacobs is also the author of “The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent” and a contributor to AARP.
Q: What are the top 3 challenges facing family caregivers today?
A: Today’s family caregivers face many challenges—for instance, coping with stress, depression and anxiety; feeling helpless and guilty when they observe but can’t relieve their loved ones’ confusion and suffering; and battling to convince other family members to step up and assist with caregiving tasks. But here are my top three:
Why are these challenges today?
What suggestions/tips/advice can you give people who are experiencing these challenges so that they can overcome them?
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