Is Your Anger in Check?
Keeping Caregiving's Roller Coaster on the Tracks
Caregiver frustration boiling over. We’ve seen it, and many of us have lived it, whether blowing our stack in the doctor’s office waiting room over Dad’s stubbornness or “losing it” at home with our spouse or kids after a particularly stressful day with Mom. Not a pretty picture, to be sure.
Anger built in frustration is a natural emotion experienced by everyone from time to time, and it can be very complex because family history, genetics, temperament, caregiving styles, cultural heritage, and a loved one’s degree of dependence, all of which can come into play in the elder-caregiving role.
And while caregivers have various ways of expressing anger – not all of which are acceptable -- they need to learn how to properly manage this emotion to improve their quality of life and that of their loved one.(MORE)
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