What are some of the major difficulties of transitioning into the role of a family caregiver for an older adult?

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Elaine Scott discusses geriatric health concerns. Click play to watch the video or read the video transcript.



More than 44 million people in the U.S. are caregivers for their spouses, parents, relatives and friends, according to the Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Caregiving Challenges

Taking on the role of caregiver for an older adult comes with some major difficulties. These challenges include the following:

  • Stress
  • Feelings of anger, guilt, impatience, resentment and loneliness
  • Fear of the future
  • Feeling overwhelmed

In addition, it can be hard to take on the role of a caregiver for someone who is used to being independent and making his or her own decisions.

There can be days when the stress of providing care in addition to personal, family and work responsibilities can seem overwhelming.

Coping Strategies

Because of this added stress, it is common for caregivers to feel resentful, burnt out and even numb to their loved one’s needs and emotions.

If you are a caregiver, it is important to develop coping strategies and seek help to learn the best ways to support the person you’re caring for.

Try to create a team between you and the person you’re caring for. Give the older adult as much input as possible in decisions about their health care. This team attitude can help make the transition less stressful.

Talk with your loved one’s physician for more information about how to build a healthy caregiver relationship.

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