Every guest in Power Surge isn't about menopause,
but about issues many midlife women face.
This subject is of special interest to me,
suddenly dealing with parents over 90
whose memories are fading and
whose bodies are failing.
Many of you are, or soon will be, dealing with
the same issues.
Coupled with our own menopause issues and
getting older is the reality that our parents and/or
other loved ones are aging - many of them elderly already
and others who are coping with the ravages of Alzheimer's.
Many of us, especially daughters, find ourselves suddenly in
the role of caregiver and simply don't know how
to cope with all the demands of caregiving.
Sandy Braff, M.S., M.F.T.,
is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist
in private practice in the San Diego area. As we are aging ourselves,
we often find ourselves coping with our loved ones aging -- suffering
from dementia or Alzheimer's disease and becoming the caregiver. You
must be able to survive one emotional upheaval after another.
Caregivers have been known to put their own lives on hold and become
entirely devoted to caregiving - making this difficult role even
harder, and often compromising their own health. Being a caregiver,
or simply watching those we love go through this difficult time,
can wreak havoc on our nerves, cause major anxiety and depression.
Even if you're not the primary caregiver, there are difficulties
associated with staying connected, while letting go.
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