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Real-life Caregiver Stories: The Journey, The Stress, The Frustration

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Hear from caregivers just like you

Real stories from caregivers are powerful and moving.

Hearing these deeply personal experiences first hand helps us realize that we’re not alone.

Many other people are on similarly challenging journeys.

We share 3 personal stories from seasoned caregivers where they discuss the battle-tested coping tips that kept them going when things got really tough.


1. The caregiver journey from beginning to end

What’s the story about? Adrienne Gruberg, founder of The Caregiver Space, writes about her experience caring for her husband Steve.

She talks about the different stages of caregiving that she went through and emphasizes the importance of managing caregiver stress and seeking support.

Which types of caregiver would benefit from this story?

  1. All caregivers will enjoy hearing about the full journey and the lessons Adrienne learned along the way.

  2. Hands-on caregivers will appreciate the tips and strategies that helped get her through the worst of times.

2. Recognizing and managing caregiver stress

What’s the story about? Marjorie Horne is a caregiver and elder care consultant in Canada.

She talks about feeling stressed and headed for burnout while caring for her 92 year old mother.

Which types of caregiver would benefit from this story?

  1. All caregivers can empathize with the feelings of anger and grief.

  2. All caregivers will benefit from Marjorie’s story about how she and her mom were able to regularly forgive each other after one person behaved obnoxiously.

  3. Hands-on caregivers will appreciate hearing how she identified her signs of caregiver stress and getting her tips for preventing burnout.

3. Frustrating “advice” from family and friends

What’s the story about? Suzette Brown, author of Alzheimer’s Through My Mother’s Eyes, cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease for 5 years.

She shares the frustrating and unrealistic advice she got from family and friends.

Which types of caregiver would benefit from this story?

  1. Caregivers who are dealing with annoying, frustrating, or even offensive comments from family and friends.

  2. Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers will appreciate the worries and challenges of caring for an older adult with the disease, especially in the earlier stages.

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